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The Pixie Dust Challenge 2017

Disney, Race Recap By May 22, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Almost a year later, and one week before the Salt Lake Half, I was diagnosed with another stress fracture. This time it was in my shin. However, a shin fracture turns out to be something that heals WAY faster than a hip. No crutches, no sitting around on my butt, just a PREFERENCE that I not run on it while it was healing. AND it would ONLY take 3 weeks to heal. Which meant that although the doctor preferred I didn’t run the Salt Lake Half (I listened!) he had absolutely no concerns with me running the Tinker Bell Half.

I rode the stationary bike at the gym for three weeks, bought new shoes the week of the race, and had one (approved!) practice run before heading down to Anaheim. Walking around the expo (instead of on crutches and in a crappy mood) was super fun and I’m not being facetious. Instead of wishing I could crutch into a hole and die, I invisibly slipped from booth to booth looking at things and getting zero sympathy from random strangers who wanted to discuss various running ailments they’d had.

Deseret News Classic Half Marathon 2015

Race Recap By August 10, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

On their website, Deseret News Classic touts itself as the “oldest road race in Utah and the fourth oldest marathon west of the continental divide.” Which for some reason, led me to believe that this was a well run and organized event. Also? The price. After participating in 9 half marathons, I can tell you with some certainty that the price of the race is the greatest indicator of the type of event you should expect.

Alas, that line of thinking was shattered as this race was $95 (more expensive than Drop13 AND SLC Half) and easily the worst organized event I’ve ever participated in.

Any well run half marathon has a minimum of 6 water stations, one just about every other mile give or take 0.1 of a mile. runDisney (all that is great and wonderful, of course) spaces them 1.5 miles apart and you can set your GPS to it. Deseret News Classic’s website claimed: “Aids [sic] Stations for the Half Marathon will be at approximately every other mile, with powerade and water available at each station.”

No. Unless “approximately” means “don’t count on it.”

Drop 13 Half Marathon 2015

Race Recap By July 13, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

The upside this year, was that instead of waiting at the top of the mountain for 90 minutes freezing before the race started, we got on the last bus up the mountain and were dropped off five minutes before the start. This is because they have a REALLY bizarre way of organizing the bus pick-ups in that they don’t organize it at all. So you have to nomadically wander from bus group to bus group hoping that they can squeeze you onto the next bus that arrives. And when that doesn’t work, you try again.

The Pixie Dust Challenge 2015

Disney, Race Recap By June 8, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

Disney has started incorporating challenges into their runDisney events because running isn’t crazy enough. For instance, The Goofy Challenge, is a half marathon on Saturday and a marathon on Sunday. And if you think that sounds too easy then there’s The Dopey Challenge which is a 5k on Thursday, 10k on Friday, half marathon on Saturday, and marathon on Sunday.

You see? There ARE crazier people than me!

The Pixie Dust Challenge will sound essentially normal in comparison; it involves running a 10k on Saturday and a half marathon on Sunday, which is nothing new for me. Knowing what it entailed should have made me wiser. It didn’t. This time Chad joined in on the challenge. Because I’m wearing him down, obviously.

Salt Lake Half Marathon 2015

Race Recap By May 18, 2015 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

Last year I ran six half marathons which is… a lot, especially for someone who hadn’t ever run a half marathon before. For 11 months I felt like I was constantly training for my next event. After my last event in November, I decided to slow down a little and wait until January 1st before actively training for the next race: the 2015 Salt Lake Half Marathon alllllll the way in April.

It was an insanely mild winter in SLC, so I was able to train outside most of the time. When we did have a little rain or lingering inversion, I did speed training on the treadmill. It was definitely different from having to commute to the Kearns Oval three times a week like last year… #contributingtotheinversion.

Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon 2014

Disney, Race Recap By December 1, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

While we were waiting in line for a ride in Disney World – you know, right after running twice in 100% humidity, Chad and I got an email about the Inaugural Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon and I willingly committed to running another Disney event for 2014. Because, Disney.

Then the family decided to squeeze one more in and did the Drop 13 Half Marathon.

So, my sixth half marathon for this year was set to be the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon, I would have said “final” but the year isn’t over yet. It was also the longest amount of time between half marathons; January, February, April, June, August, and November. I trained with the goal that I would get under 2 hours, but knowing that I had done it in three other races so far, I didn’t kill myself training either.