My sister Hannah and her two friends Audrey and Christine drove down from Bozeman, Montana to run the XTERRA Half at the Utah Olympic Park on May 31. My other girlfriends Andi, Jaime and Rhielle, all Park City girls, were also at the START. We could have been drinking mimosas in the sunshine but instead we laced up our trail shoes and got ready to run 13.1.
The course was definitely harder than I had expected and had a total elevation gain of 1800 ft! As I was running down some of the single track, talking to the man in front of me I said, “my goal was to run the whole way with my little sister, but I couldn’t keep up!” he replied, “I hope her goal wasn’t to run with you.” Little did I expect, after two weeks of drinking beer in Idaho, Hannah came in 3rd place in the women’s division with a time of 1 hour, 55 minutes. If drinking beer is considered training, then that training plan sounds good to me. And, that guy was right, good thing Hannah’s goal wasn’t to run with me!
I finished with a final time of 2 hours and 21 minutes, which was 27 minutes more than my last half marathon time. Oh, trails. At least the mimosas at the finish kept me going!
Check out the article written in the Park Record that includes a shout-out to Hannah and her Montana ladies. Hannah and I are also planning on running the XTERRA Jordanelle Half in June and the Snowbasin Nationals Half in September this year!