I agreed to run the Provo Halloween Half Marathon with Leslie Peterson on October 29, 2011. Luckily, Leslie picked up my packet at the fiasco they called packet pickup. And Harold drove us up the back side of the Alpine Loop to the start at Aspen Grove and we were able to sit in the warm car until the race started.
Leslie ran the race as a clown and I was a running ladybug. It was a lot of fun seeing all the runners in costumes.
We took it easy on the first five miles which have a lot of steep downhill and didn’t want to blow out our legs. It was a beautiful day up the canyon and we enjoyed running past Sundance Ski Resort and then down into Provo Canyon. A couple of miles on the highway, then they moved us over to the Provo River Parkway.
My legs were feeling strong and I was running fairly well. My endurance improved a lot the past month or so.
About mile 9 Leslie started struggling and told me to not wait for her, so around mile 10 I took off and ran alone the rest of the race.
I finished in 2 hours 35 minutes. Not racing at all because I had a 50K the next Saturday – but just enjoying a beautiful fall day with a great running friend.