On Friday, we traveled into Moab and, before we even hit the hotel we were out and climbing on stuff. First up, a giant sand dune.
|View from the top of the dune!|
|Before the sun comes up!|
The first couple miles are on a jeep road and I realized the sun was coming up behind me, so I stopped and took a picture.
My Goal: Get to the end running most/all the way and feeling good and strong at the end.
Miles 1 - 16: Just plug along. Keep my heartrate nice and light and just enjoy the views (this is a REALLY beautiful race).
Miles 16-24 : Push, but not too much. This was the hard part - climbing out of one technical canyon and then up another one. I needed to push here and keep moving/running along. Walk when I must, but run everything else.
Miles 24-30: Keep it even. Now that I was out of the climbs and onto rolling terrain, just keep my heartrate even - push a little harder on the ups and recover on the downs.
Miles 30 - 32: Bring it home. Whatever I had left, I was going to use and just get. to. the. end.
Since I was just plugging along for the first half, here's some pictures of my first 16 miles:
|After the first 2 miles, the trail turned to trail (not jeep road) and was more like this...|
Which just made the views AMAZING!!!
|(It's a countdown - the numbers are counting weeks till races.)|