It was about 40 degrees at the 8 a.m. start, so a bit chilly. I decided to wear gloves and a hat and my red TBR short sleeve shirt since my custom Champion System Blonde Runner gear is not ready yet (can’t wait until it’s done – it’s going to look awesome!). Even though it was cloudy I do wish I would have grabbed my sunglasses to keep the air from getting into my eyes as I was tearing up the first 1.5 miles. The tree pollen and dust counts have been extremely high in Northern Utah the last few weeks; which is no fun for those of us with seasonal allergies. Soon we were off, I lead the first mile with a split of 7:08 which is where I wanted to be. I knew the next mile was going to be slower because of the twists and turns and incline. There were three significant hills on this out-and-back route which was apparent with the next and much slower mile slit time. The route was really fun taking us past animals, over water and on a few short wood bridges; it was a beautiful groomed paved path. I loved it! I really enjoy out-and-back routes because you get to see other competitors and wave and say hello and the time went by fast. The last two miles had us touring most of the Lagoon Amusement park winding around all the rides. Even though it was flat I found it hard to push the pace with all the tight and frequent turns etc. The race offered three difference distances; half marathon, 10K and 5K events so it was fun to be able to see some other runners as all the routes ended with the 2 miles in the park. It was a sprint to the finish for me to capture First Overall Female in the 10K event. I was pleased with the race results considering I wasn’t feeling 100% this week and it has only been 10 weeks post knee surgery. It was fun to see so many of my friends and athletes there and cheer for them. It was also fun to make some new friends. If you’d like to learn more about the event visit Lagoon Half Marathon.
A big thank you goes to On Hill Events for putting on this fun event and all my friends, family and sponsors that support me! I couldn’t do it without you! Thank you so much!
Coach Lora Erickson
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