I had the pleasure of running the Saltair Half Marathon today as a pacer. The race started and ended at Old Saltair. It’s kinda of beautiful building, in a creepy haunted sort of way.
The course was a flat out and back, one I wouldn’t normally consider to be a fun route, but as a pacer, running for everyone else, getting to be a cheerleader, coach, motivator, not running for myself, that changes my perspective. It’s all about everyone else. And that is why I loved it.
My racing partner, Wan Ho is one seriously amazing guy! One of the kindest, most positive people I’ve ever met!
Never mind the fact that Wan showed up with a sprained ankle and I showed up with a strained hamstring. A little pain won’t slow down these pacers! We were determined to get our people their goal time, pain or not!
And he brought me my own little kit of Chinese miracle healer medicine for my leg. See what I mean? Nicest guy ever!
We met some awesome runners along the course. Some running their very first half marathon. These are some of my favorite runners to meet on a course. They are green with the excitement of running and have so much energy and determination. The road of possibilities is stretched for many miles ahead of them.
And equally inspiring are those I meet on the course that are running their 50th or 100th half marathon. True veterans of the sport, eager and willing to share their wisdom.
It was just a day of grit, determination and inspiration.
Ready to meet a few?
Start line! Could it be that this many people love this running thing as much as I do?
A few miles later. Still smiling. Still running!
Running and taking selfies is hard.
Done! We did it! Finished!
With Allison and Meridith. Allison is 28 weeks pregnant and smoked our little 2 hr group by a long shot. Simply amazing! Setting an example for preggos everything. One Bad A mother runner!