So you may be wondering why I am writing a blog post about another road half marathon if this blog is titled “Greetings from the Trail”. But, everything that we do is connected and the way that we perform on the road translates onto the trail, am I right?
In the Winter and Spring, it’s hard to run trails, let alone train outside. When you work an 8-5pm job, you are used to going to work when it’s dark outside, and leaving work when it’s dark out. Yeah, I have a headlamp and reflective gear but it’s still hard. Many trail races don’t begin until late Spring or Summer but it’s nice to be able to get in shape and run some road-races in the Spring before the trails start to dry out.
This April was the second time that I have run the Salt Lake City Half Marathon and I absolutely love the course. It’s a net-downhill race and runs through Memory Grove, a beautiful park above Salt Lake City. Last year, in 2016, when I ran this race I did not train (see reasons above). I finished in 2:06 and this year I finished in 1:46:46 so I shaved a solid 20 minutes off my finish time. It really proves how training is beneficial to running, huh?
My goal to run one-half-marathon-a-month has motivated me, like I had hoped, to stay consistent and run a few times every week no matter the distance and over the past 4 months I have gradually become stronger and faster. I have dedicated more time to doing longer-ish runs on the weekend, usually only 6-8 miles, and I have learned to embrace the dreadmill and HIIT workouts. Recently, it has been nicer outside so, of course, I have been riding my mountain bike which is incredible for cross-training and keeps me sane.
The SLC Half was a success and I was lucky to share the day with some awesome lady-runner friends from Park City. I’m already looking forward to next year!