On Saturday June 25th my friend Kaci Morgan and I ran the American Fork half marathon, it was both of our first time running a half marathon, so it was nice for us to run it together. Preparing for the race started Friday night, I spent the night at Kaci's house because we needed to be down to AF to catch the bus to ride up the canyon between 4:15-5:00 am, the race started at 6 am! We tried to go to bed at 9:00 pm, but who knows what time I really fell asleep. We woke up at 3:40 am, got dressed, ate some breakfast, and were on our way.
I didn't bring my camera, and Kaci's phone camera wasn't working so we didn't get any pictures before the race. It started at the top of AF canyon and ended at AF high school, 13.1 miles. I had a goal of finishing around 2 hours, so I knew I needed to keep a pace of about 8:50 minutes per mile. The nice thing was that the race was pretty much down hill for the first 7 miles, that certainly helped me keep my pace up, however at about 5 miles I was done going down hill. I also started running next to a great lady at about mile 6 and we kept pace with each other for about 4 miles, and I probably would have stayed with her till the end but at the 10 mile water stop I had a hard time getting my goo open so I had to stop and open it and drink the water. Once I got started again it was hard on my legs, the first 10 miles felt great, dare I say easy, the last 3 were rough, including some up hill terrain. Even though the last three were ruff I still managed to get a good time and finished in 1:57:20 unofficially. I am super excited about that, it is nice to have the accomplishment under my belt. Not sure what the next step is, but anything really.
All in all it was a really fun experience and I know I will do another one. Kaci thanks for doing it with me you rock!