THELMA & LOUISE Half marathon and relay - Moab, UT - June 2, 2018
The race starts at 6 am. This is a women's only race event. Because I didn't pick up my race packet the day before, race day pickup is at the start/finish location. My only worry was was to NOT miss the shuttle. Runners are shuttled to the location beginning at 4:45 am. Spectators are shutttled after 6 am. It was stressed to take the shuttle buses to limit traffic along this 2-way highway which will be closed from 6-10am for the race. We had our TAB trailer so we camped out at a campground we are familiar with. Didn't sleep as well as I wanted to but then we are dealing with the 4 hr time zone between MST and Hawaii time.
Yes, I'm tired. Got up at 3:45 am, DH dropped me off at elementary school at 4:30 where the shuttle buses were already lined up. A volunteer checked off my name and reassured me that our race bibs are at the start/finish area. We can take a gear bag so I stuff my light jacket that I'm wearing.
The temp is just around 50 degrees, and DRY!! So NICE!! in comparison to HI mugginess/humidity.
Aid stations will be 1.5 miles apart so I didn't carry water bottle. Did wear the small waist bag with a gel, couple of salt tabs and phone. Since my HM in Honolulu went well, I decided to follow the same routine for this race.
Not sure how my legs would hold up since I just ran a HM 6 days ago but will just run my run and hope to finish under 2 hr. 15 mins. The shuttle ride takes about 20 minutes. I'm wondering how the soles of my feet will hold up too, just thinking about the pavement made them hurt already, HA! I should have worn two pairs of socks I'm thinking. The ones I have on are thin .....too late for that.
The second leg runners of the relay are shuttled to the turnaround location. There are a few runners who are wearing some piece of clothing like Thelma and Louise, but it's hard to find clothing that you can run in if you really wanted to dress up as them. But the RD and couple of male volunteers were dressed like Brad Pitt (those who have seen the movie).
Picked up my bib number at the table, and my race shirt which I changed into, and guess what?? we got a pair of socks that have the T-bird and rock formations of UT stitched in. NICE!! and just what I needed!! I put those on and immediately feel the difference in 'cushion.' Hope it helps.
Race starts, I start middle of pack. There is a short gravel dirt downhill from the start and then we get on the highway along the Colorado River. I took a photo around mile 1. I walk through the aid stations, drinking water only. The course has long gradual turns as it parallels the river. Sun is beginning to peek over the rock walls. It's quite beautiful, serene, quiet but then we hear some drumming ......... About mile 3.5, there's a female drumming group, was nice actually.
Around mile 5.5, I see the front runner on the way back, wow!! About 1/2 mile behind her is the 2nd runner, then the rest. At turnaround, the relay runners are waiting. No wristbands, just the timing chip on their bib number.
I take a photo of the turnaround area, walk through the aid station, eat 1/3 of my gel, drink water, stretched my legs and started again.
The only slight incline is at this area, not much tho. I've been going back and forth with another runner who would walk a few seconds then run again. We finally say hello and keep each going. We wave to the drum group as we pass them again. Sun is out, no clouds, it's hot.
Last aid station, decided to take a small bite of a banana, eat about 1/3 of the gel again, drank water and started again. I catch up with the other runner, we run together.
Finally mile 12, she quits on me, "you're too fast," she says. HA, I wish 😉
I can see the white tent near the finish line. Then, my stomach feels queasy........WHAT?!? I feel like I'm going to throw up!! OMG!! I'm so close. Somehow I kept it down but I pick up my pace and focus on the runner ahead, I passed a couple of them, run up the small incline towards the finish.
Medal over my head. I walk to the bushes as far away as I can, and I puke!! 3 times!! I felt so much better, HA!! One of the EMTs saw me and offered help. Told him I feel better now but he insisted I sit down in their chair. Drank more water and felt better. Talked to a few runners, cheered on runners. Picked up my gear bag. Walked to tent that had refreshments.
Looked up the results. The runner who I ran with couldn't believe I was about 20 yrs older than she, "and you beat me," she says!! Priceless!! LOL!! Congratulated her and thank her for pushing me too. Then, got back on shuttle bus.
Official time: 2:09:52. OV 63/366 AG 6/82
Was pleasantly surprised that I did better than the Honolulu HM 6 days ago!! Was expecting the opposite. Overall, I was satisfied with time and effort. Course is pavement which you all know I don't run on much. The soles of my feet felt better this time. Those extra socks really were a lifesaver. The medal is also a buckle with the T-bird screaming off the cliff (those who have seen the movie know what I mean). Glad I ran this but I probably won't run this again. Just wanted to do it because of the name.
DH had lunch ready and we drove home later in the afternoon. I was in bed by 8 pm!!
Sunday: Ran 3 miles post-race recovery, and was lazy the rest of the day[b][/b]