ilanarama: me, The Other Half, Moab UT 2009 (marathon)
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TOH silly pic

I'm about to head out of town for our Grand Canyon raft trip and so I don't have much time for a report. In brief: 1:38:37, not a PR but my best time on this course, 2nd AG (16 seconds behind the winner, who I tried in vain to catch up with over the final 4 miles), 9th OA woman. I was running really well and feeling good, covered the first 6 rolling miles at a 7:16 pace; the next two were a bit slower because of the big uphill, but when I topped out at mile 8, the wind hit, and the last 5.2 miles were into a ferocious headwind that slowed me down and sapped my will to live. I was expecting to give up a little on the uphills but make up most of it on the downhills, but I couldn't even run fast downhill. (The woman who beat me ran a 1:35:xx last year, so obviously she was affected by the wind as well.)

I did have to post the photo above, though, because it makes me giggle. I fell in with this guy in the cheerleader's outfit somewhere in the middle and we chatted for a while. He had a French accent and said that when he discovered how comfortable skirts were, he decided to run all his races in a skirt - and besides, people always cheered for him when he went by. He took off ahead of me on one of the hills, but I caught up with him and passed again near mile 11 and ended up finishing about a minute and a half ahead of him.

As beautiful and well-organized as the Moab races are, I think I'm done with them for a while. The last three half-marathons I've run there were brutally windy (as well as the last 10K, although that wasn't bad since it's not in a canyon), and it's just not fun running into a headwind. Time to move on and find some new races.

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Date: 2012-10-24 10:42 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Starcap'n Ra?

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Date: 2012-10-25 06:15 am (UTC)
lonelywalker: A young man in a baseball cap lying on his back, eyes closed, with the text "effort and error, study and love" (Default)
From: [personal profile] lonelywalker
That scenery looks absolutely gorgeous. And, hey, I can see the benefits of running in a skirt!

Have a great time on your trip!

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Date: 2012-10-25 07:14 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Congrats on another awesome race! That guy in the skirt is so funny! :-) Congrats on finally passing him!

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Date: 2012-10-27 06:25 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blnchflr
Sounds like you did extremely well considering the winds!

Great picture (of both of you) :)

Yay, raft trip!

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Date: 2012-11-22 06:07 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] smalltownraces.blogspot.com
Congrats on the course PR! And for the record your legs are amazing. His facial hair is amazing though.

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My running PRs:

5K: 21:03 (downhill) 21:43 (loop)
10K: 43:06 (downhill)
10M: 1:12:59
13.1M: 1:35:55
26.2M: 3:23:31

You can reach me by email at heyheyilana @ gmail.com

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