RACE RECAP #81: Howloween Half Marathon

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This race report is a continuation of my race recap #80 of The Haunted Half which was ran on the same day in the morning as this race. This race was ran in the evening making my running ‘ventures for the day a double half marathon day. #totesfun

This is kind of a strange race report to write. It really just feels like a continuation of my previous race recap. Which in a way it pretty much is. But, since both races #80 and #81 were ran on the same day they’re pretty inseparable. So, I guess this is pretty much Chapter Two of my story, eh? Either way, the story continues.

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Heading out for the second race. Again, see how much effort into that costume.

After being home for about an hour before leaving for this race, I ran (well drove) to West Valley to pick up my friend Shaylee before taking my trek back to Provo (that kind of seems like a good title for a movie, no? The Return to Provo! You know that some Mormon production company is now stealing my idea and probably on the phone with Kirby Heyborne as you are reading this. And, of course, I am completely off topic). We then met up with the pacing team and other running friends on the westside of the Provo Towne Centre (a fancier way of saying … mall).

Unlike the morning’s race we were not running down a canyon and the course was relatively flat. I was a little worried about that, because I would have rather had downhill on my second run than my first. But, it was, what it was. But, on the other hand I was also pacing the 3:00 group and I knew I was going to be okay going at that slower pace. But, still, I love my hills.

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Of my favorite people, all in one picture. So convenient.

It was a lot of fun hanging out at the starting line with all of my friends. Since we weren’t bussed up a canyon or anything it was a more relaxed atmosphere, because people just showed without the threat of missing a bus, etc. It was a party.

After taking a plethora of pictures and joking around the race was ready to start at 6pm sharp. This was the first year this race was being held, so the number of runners wasn’t huge. Decent, but not huge. Then again this was also one of three Provo Halloween half marathons (the other one was the Hallows Eve Half Marathon which only had 68 runners … needless to say the market for Provo Halloween races is probably set at a hard two per year). But, I know the race director of both of the races I ran and I like both. They both know what they’re doing and both races will grow as they grow.

Plus, Utahns love their races. But, that truly is another post for another day.

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My stalkers that wouldn’t stop following me … just sayin’

Since the course started at 6pm we were also able to enjoy the sunset over Utah Lake. I won’t lie, I’ve ever experienced a Utah Lake sunset and … well … I’ve been missing out. It was gorgeous. And, the weather was perfect as well. I was expecting it to be chilly, but it was anything but. It really felt like a late August summer night. I had to remind myself that, that wasn’t the case and that we were in late October,

Since this was a tad smaller race than the morning’s race I wasn’t expecting many people around my pacing partner, Rachel and I. Which for the most part was true. There was a married couple that we kinda paced for a while. The wife was running her second half marathon and her husband just signed … THE DAY BEFORE. Not only was this his first ever half marathon, but this was his first race, period. You could tell he was struggling at some points of the race and he would sprint then walk a lot (that comes in time), but he powered through the race and finished. Such an awesome sight to see.

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Such an AWESOME sunset over Utah Lake. Wow, wow, wow, wow!

Then there was also an older lady who had broken a vertebrae a few months before, but was running her third half marathon since that injury. Wow. I mean … that’s crazy! Completely crazy. And, the costume that she worn made her look like an accident victim. She wrapped up her arms, bandaged her head and used fake blood all over her. She looked like a legit victim and it was quite disturbing actually. But, of course, I joked around with her everytime I saw her and asked if she fell and needed help like I didn’t see her before. It was fun.

While pacing and encouraging a few other runners along my pacing partner, Rachel, and I talked about my weight-loss and running journey. She was fascinated in my story and every chance we had asked question upon question. She was funny about it, because I think she felt that she was probing into sensitive information. But, I told her that I am pretty much an open book about my life and that nothing is really “off” limits for me.

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The selfies don’t come out so hot when you’re running out in the dark.

It was fun getting to know her and also share my story with her. Especially on that day, because of my challenge of running my second of two races and officially being UNDER 100 races left in my 180 race journey. It really was a great reminder for me of how far I’ve come since I crossed the finish line of my first half marathon back in July 2011. It’s been quite the journey.

On the home stretch to the finish line we ran in with a first-time half marathoner. Like I have a number of times this past year, I got a tad emotional watching her put everything out on line to finish this race. Plus, seeing her family there to cheer her in was AWESOME. I’m telling you … these moments are just as addicting as an out of this world Runner’s high.

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Rachel and I acknowledging our awesomeness.

Once the race ended I stuck around a bit and continued the party that began over three hours before. But, I had to geet back up to Salt Lake to help my brother with the ghost investigtion he was having at Ft. Douglas on the campus of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Like most other things I bring up here on the bloggy blog I’ll have to tell you about ghost investigating some other day. In it’s own post.

I got to the investigation at about 10:45pm, but I don’t know how effective I was having there since I pretty much just fell asleep whereever I went. Then again when you are sitting in the pitch black and just ran two half marathons (or a split marathon … oooooo … I like that name. I am going to patent that name) you are pretty much going to fall asleep anywhere. So, luckily, afte the investigation I just had my younger brother drive me.

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This picture pretty much sums up what a ghost investigation really looks like.

And, then once I got home I ate a huge plate of nachos at 3am. And, I didn’t feel bad about it at all. I deserved it. And, besides that. according to my Fit Bit I had burned over 7300 calories that day and only put in 1200 calories. I need food … BAD!

But, then again, that post is another story … for another day.

PICTURES FROM MY RUNNING ADVENTURES AT THE HAUNTED HALF & HOWLOWEEN HALF MARATHON

NEXT RACE: The Burn (THIS SATURDAY!)


Total Mileage Breakdown for 2014

2014 Training Miles – 510.6 miles
2014 Walking Miles – 126.9 miles
2014 Race Miles – 413.05 miles
2014 Total Miles – 1050.55 miles
 
Monthly Total Miles for 2014
January – 100.0 miles
February – 100.0 miles
March – 130.0 miles
April – 140.5 miles
May – 108.65 miles
June – 83.3 miles
July – 93.75 miles
August – 118.2 miles
September – 88.55 miles
October – 102.2 miles

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