You may remember I posted a couple of days ago about my disappointing half-marathon in Moab last weekend. It was just not my day. I was hoping for under 1:55, and I ended up with a 2:05. (If you didn't read it, you can scroll down a few posts, and check it out).
Well, Thursday I decided to run the Riverton half-marathon which was today. I needed a 17-miler for my marathon training (Newport, Oregon in May), so a friend and I ran from his house to the start to get an extra 4 miles in. I wasn't sure if I could really race the half after doing a race last weekend, but I decided to just see how I felt. I started out easy with about a 9-minute pace. I felt great, so I decided to pick it up. The temperature was great- around 40 degrees. We did have to run against a pretty strong wind for about the first half, but it didn't slow me down too much. The second half was great, and I finished strong. I ended up with a 1:55! I was so happy that I was able to pull that off- especially since I had run an extra 4 miles on top of it. This was the first time this race has been done in Riverton, and I loved the course. It was awesome. I plan on running it every year. Because it was the first time they've done it, it was pretty small. I think there were about 200 runners total (or less). I ended up being 21st overall, and 9th in my age group.
After my melt-down last week, I was thrilled to have a chance to redeem myself!