Couple of quick thoughts on running in Utah: a) Utah is hilly…might even be mountainous. Who knew? b) Utah people have southern-like niceness. c) Utah is very scenic. d) even though a race course profile shows a drop in overall elevation you will still run up a lot of hills. e) your face grows longer as you run a race (ok, maybe this isn’t a Utah thing but it is fact).
Last weekend, John, Jason and I flew west to meet Dave and Kara at the Vegas airport and took a quick trip to Utah where we spent a short bit of time in Zion and Bryce National Parks, hung out in Springdale (neat town just outside of Zion) and eventually ran the St. George Marathon prior to returning to Vegas for our flights back east. It is great to get out west and run a marathon – so far, all of the races I have run out west have been incredibly majestic. Miles seem to pass faster as the scenery is a bit bigger. Although I am an easterner at heart (and really a southerner), the west has obvious appeal – I’ll always love visiting out west. I learned that my family needs not ignore Zion and Bryce National Parks on one of our eventual National Parks tours…Surreal beauty. The Hoodoos in Bryce were nothing short of breathtaking. The cliffs and canyons of Zion too.
We had a great trip. I was able to complete the race in 3 hours and 34 minutes on a bit of a bum right calf (hence the KT Tape – this stuff really works!) and enjoyed the last 13 miles of a marathon like I never have before. Ran 10 minutes faster for the 2nd half than the first half and felt pretty good at the finish – I actually felt like I could have kept running. 50k in my future? The Bomb Pops (aka Rocket Pops, red/white/blue popsicles) they passed out to the runners were nothing short of amazing. This race is one of the top 5 best organized races I have run and could have competed for the top spot had it not been for a bus snafu before the start (more buses next year please!). Pictures are below. A full race breakdown will be posted on the Run tab eventually.