The weather decided to cooperate on Saturday and we had great conditions for the SLC 1/2 marathon. I ran with my friends Heather (left) and Kaylyn (right), as well as my husband, though he didn't stay with us. We had a great run. Kaylyn and I stuck together and ran most of it at 8:30 pace, a little faster than we normally run. The downhills helped (though my quads are sore today) and the race seemed to fly by, with the help of my fav running mix. About mile 9 I realized that I just might have a chance to beat my time from last year which was 1:55. I got really excited and tried to up the pace a little. By then we were running through Liberty Park and I was thinking- it's just a 5K- we're almost done! I was so pumped. A few minutes later I passed the turn off at 4th South and realized that they changed the route! I had heard the 5K route was changed but maybe they should have mentioned ALL race routes were changed... Anyway, we ran straight up State Street to South Temple and I saw a lot of people dragging. Fortunately, I run hills all the time due to where I live, so it wasn't bad. I liked the ending better than the old long, straight chute through Gateway. The last mile I gave it all I had and finished in 1:51, a new PR! It felt great to have done better than I planned. I am now setting my sights on blowing that PR in August at Hobble Creek- I don't know, maybe 1:50 or less?