Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Day After...

Yes, another Saguaro National Park Labor Day Run is over.  Kinda sad.  It's my favorite race of the year. 
At the finish line.


*Overcast.  As much as I love seeing the sun come up in all of it's glory over the valley, the cooler temps of the overcast day made for a much more enjoyable run.  Dont' worry, I was still a sweaty mess when it was over.

* The hill didn't kill me.  One of the big draws of this race is the slow and steady hill that comes at mile 3, last for a mile and a half, and has a couple of false summits.  The first year I did it, I didn't know what I was in for.  I couldn't walk right for two days.  This year was the first year that I got done with that hill and felt like I could keep going.  I'm just going to say that 4:45am runs on Tumamoc helped.  Training works people!!
      (*side note - 1/2 mile in, I heard a woman ask her friend if the course was going to flatten out.  Her friend replied, "Well, kinda..."  I'm going to say that this woman was in for a long, hard, run!  I wonder how getting out of bed was for her this morning?)

* I was 22 seconds faster than my cute husband.  While this may not seem like much, or a huge deal to anyone else, he always beats me.  Always.  He has that ability to dig deep and push himself no matter what the circumstance.  Something I really admire.  A lot.  I really thought he must be someplace way ahead of me because I didn't see him after the first couple of miles.  Or hurt on the side of the road was my other thought.  In his defense, he doesn't have a lot of time that it isn't 3pm and 104º out to run.  I know he's looking forward to February like no one else!

For those of you who were asking, Nuun is a sports drink tab that you add to water and it fizzes and gives you back all of those things like sodium and potassium that you have been sweating off.  I like it.  The grape flavor reminds me of soda.  My cute husband does not.  It reminds him of Alka Seltzer.  To each his own.  It also comes in a variety of other flavors in case grape is not your thing.  I recommend strawberry lemonade.


  1. Yay for 22 seconds faster than your cute husband!

    Glad you had such an awesome time.

  2. great job, always fun to beat the hubby right!!

    this sounds like a fun race but that hill does sound killer!!

  3. My husband [almost] always beats me too so when I happen to beat him it's a big deal. I almost hesitate to brag...almost :)

    Thanks for the Nuun info. I'm going to try it.

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