Saturday, April 14, 2012

Gunnison Half Marathon

Well after not getting a great nights sleep we got up and to our surprise it was NOT raining and not too cold! At least the weather was on our side!! We had to get to Gunnison at 8:15am so we didn't have to get up too early, which was nice.
I snapped this photo before we checked out and we were off, ready or not!!

It was really windy when we started running but as we were going it got better, it was actually great weather for a long run. The course was pretty good and there was a great little gradual downhill that was awesome. They had a marker for every mile and water at all the even miles. Rich was frustrated because it was The Lion's Club at the water stations, so they were seniors. They just had bottled water and little cups but they didn't fill them until you were right in front of them and they weren't fast about it!! A cute man at mile 6 when I got a drink wanted to chat a bit about the race so I decided not to stop anymore for water! I thought it was kinda cute, Rich got annoyed!
I was feeling pretty good and getting close to the end when I spotted the lady in front of me a ways going UPHILL. That was not what I wanted to end with at all. It wasn't a steep hill but a gradual incline for about the last 3/4 of the course. Rich and Jamie (the guy in our ward who convinced us to do this race) were waiting at the top. I kept going slowly but surely, my thighs and hips were hurting. I saw the finish line and was happy that I beat my projected time of 2:45...cut it a bit close though!!

Here are the "official" results from the website in our age category:

2012 Gunnison Marathon Race Results
April 14, 2012

Race Number Name Time
30-39 Age Division

Half 49 310 Rich Cope 1:41:54
Half 51 347 Clint Keisel 1:47:30
Half 52 348 Varden Hadfield 1:48:58
Half 53 342 Ralaina Taylor 1:49:13
Half 56 330 Timothy Fowers 1:53:39
Half 58 325 Kristin Keisel 2:00:05
Half 60 320 Fawntell Mogle 2:06:10
Half 66 318 Desirae Christiansen 2:12:58
Half 67 327 Mark Wardle 2:13:51
Half 69 322 Derek Wells 2:14:38
Half 72 321 Susan Thompson 2:19:56
Half 73 326 Rebecca Gridley 2:19:57
Half 74 329 Erika Stover 2:21:47
Half 77 323 Ryan Roberts 2:31:39
Half 81 311 Angela Cope 2:39:16

15 total runners
Rich - FIRST

(p.s. check out some of those names...yikes)!!
(p.p.s. there were 43 people TOTAL that ran the Half Marathon)

We had an adventure, that is what makes doing stuff like this so much fun, and it makes for great memories!!
We headed home so I could shower, pick up the girls (Alexa and Maizee) and head to Logan to pick up the boys (Alex and Max)!!

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