As my crafty title suggests, this is a post about the time I ran a half marathon in Arizona!
I ran this race with my running buddy, Molly. Her older sister lives out in suburban Phoenix, so we crashed with her (thanks, Sarah!). This was my first trip to Arizona and it couldn’t have come at a better time. It’s FRIGID in Chicago and nice and warm in AZ. It’s amazing what a few days of SUN can do for your mental health!
Race conditions were pretty ideal. Upper 40s to start the race and low 70s by the time we slowly finished. It was a lil hot towards the end of the race, but it was 100% better than the last race I ran…
The course started and ended on ASU’s campus, which was pretty cool. I hail from the cornfields of central Illinois, so I can’t imagine going to school in the middle of the desert. So much different than anything I’ve ever seen. ANYWAY, back to da race. I hardly trained (I’m in week 3 of training for the Illinois Marathon), so the longest run I did before this race was 6 miles. Ha. I just went out there for a nice, slow run. No expectations. It was actually kind of relaxing. No pressure. Here’s a mini recap, in pics.
And the official Garmin results. I’m probably the fastest person you know!!! PYSCH.
The day after the race, I hiked my first mountain, South Mountain, outside of Phoenix. We were pretty sore from the race (our Midwestern hamstrings don’t understand hills), but had to live it up while we were out there… so we hiked.
Let me tell you something…. hiking with sore legs is hard. But because I’m so good at sports and all things athletic, it wasn’t thaaaaaat bad. The hardest part was paying attention to the trail because there were so many loose rocks and uneven surfaces. Probably didn’t help that we didn’t have hiking or trail shoes. I hiked in my running shoes. Ha. Idiot. We hiked up the Mormon Trail, which according to the City of Phoenix’s website, is 1.5 miles (3 miles out and back) with an an elevation change of approximately 1,000ft (which means nothing to me). Again, the weather was perfect (meanwhile it was like -10 in Chicago) and the views were pretty awesome.
This was one of the coolest things I’ve done (I don’t get out much) and can’t wait to do it again. Who knew I was so outdoorsy? Oh and we also found the largest cactus in the history of cacti.
After we dominated South Mountain, we drove into Tempe to watch the sunset from atop “A” Mountain on ASU’s campus.
The sunset was pretty cool – it was my first mountain sunset view. Nice way to end the trip.
Then we went home. It was sad. Arizona is pretty. Even the airport is pretty.
So now I’m back in the tundra. And back to winter marathon training. Maybe sometime I will blog about how my training is going… but until then, goodbye!