For the half.
Then in November, I signed up for Green Jewel 50K, put together a plan and realized I needed more than 13.1 that weekend. Thankfully the IMS Arizona Marathon had a 5K, half & full option so I upped my registration for a mere $20 bringing a full to $65.
They updated my bib:
That's how small this race was. Pretty awesome. The Expo for it was pretty easy to find and held during a farmer's market where I picked up all kinds of hot sauce for Biv and some jerky.
Since this was a point to point race, we had to jump on a shuttle at the finish & ride to the start. I could tell I was not local just listening to some of the conversations. The woman who sat down with me told me that this was a big race when I asked her how many run. There weren't more than about 230 in the full. I think she'd pass out at the Columbus Marathon where there are over 18,000 runners. We won't talk about the fact that she was a fast marathoner planning to BQ.
Once at the start, I couldn't believe this was all that was there to mark the start:
Yup, giant race. Huge.
We started right on time at 7AM and began the descent back to the finish through beautiful neighborhoods and into the most amazing sunrise. The weather prediction was for it to become 82° by the finish so I went ahead and ran the first half faster than the second to bank some time. I know me and I am not a big fan of the heat and it'd be tough. The race planned really well for the heat and somehow had volunteers willing to man aid stations every mile or so. It was awesome. Oasises of refreshment. The volunteers at this race are amazing!
Not knowing the area, I had to ask someone riding by the race which stadium we were finishing near as we were coming down the mountain. We ran through 6 cities on this course which was a really awesome way to see more of Arizona. Whenever we go in for work its airport-taxi-hotel-meetings-airport. Not much sightseeing time when we come in so this was a real treat!
Once the finish line was near, I still had something in me to sprint to it. I crossed over in 4:57:09 which was a 21 second PR. They tried to hand me a half medal since my bib was blue but I quickly corrected them. Thankfully the finish line was right where there were some restaurants, so I rehydrated and ate quicker than I have before.
My first away race solo. I knew no one else doing it and I had no spectators. It was pretty awesome & made me realize Green Jewel won't be so bad alone.
I'd definitely do this race again - I loved the smallness of it! The only thing I'll do different next time is only do the half!