Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Timpanogos Half Marathon

I finished the race and was going through to get a bite to eat when the Smoothie King people greeted me and said "We were just wondering if we would see you." This tells me one of two things:

1. I should talk to them about sponsoring me
2. I'm a big Smoothie King whore fan who visits the store way too often

I ran as a pacer at the Timpanogos Half Marathon this past Saturday. I've really enjoyed being a pacer because I'm too cheap to pay for my races and giving back to others who are wanting to hit a new PR. The course was put together well and overall it went smoothly. I am sure I could have beat any previous PR had I been running this rather than pacing. Here are some of the highlights of the race.

 1, 971 foot elevation loss with the majority of it in the first
7.5 miles.

  • Got there are 4:30 am and met the other pacers to get my bib, bag and shirt.
  • Arrived at the start about 5:20 am to see the long lines at the Honey Buckets. I don't think there is enough time to wait in line and still be in the crowd with my sign.
  • At 5:40 am they announce that the race is delayed due to some buses that were slow getting up the canyon. Since everyone was ready to start, that meant the bathrooms were free—SCORE!
  • 6:00 am the race starts
  • 6:15 am I'm running way too fast for the 1:55 pace. Instead of slowing down, I told the 1:50 pacer to speed up.
  • 7:00 am approximately. Candice runs by, introduces herself and then promptly ditches me to beat her 1:55 time. I looked for her after, but the pink top, blond hair pulled back with a pony tail was the "go to" style of the day.
  • 7:43:45 I am close to the finish, but still more than a minute from my pace time. I slow down to a light jog. 
  • 7:44:45 my official chip time. 
I didn't need a GU the whole time. My legs felt great. I didn't get a race shirt, but they promised that they were ordering more and would get us one. Next year I'll run this course and see what I can do. 


  1. I loved this course. And the shirt, so I hope you get one.

    And I feel like a celebrity in this post =)

  2. So, you know how I said that I wanted you to pace me to under 2 hours for the South Valley race in 2 weeks.
    Yeah... that's not going to happen. Todays twelve miler took... 2:15. :(

  3. Whitney, You start with me and stick with me as long as you can. Then just keep yourself between me and the 2:00 pacer and you'll make it.