Drop 13 Half: I got to pace this race with Ammon. We had the two hour time slot and it was a blast. We got to chat with many people, but we had two stick with us until about mile ten when they pushed on ahead. The course was a tad short so I was disappointed when we came in a little early at 1:58:20. It was a gorgeous course and I enjoyed pacing.
Timp Half: This was my main focus for half marathon this summer. I was using it as a strategically placed half before Big Cottonwood, but then I pulled out of Big Cottonwood so I was just hoping to have a great run and see where I was at. It definitely wasn't the best as far as how it went. My ipod didn't charge the night before, one of my headphones weren't working, and I had to GI trouble miles 10-12. But, I estimated I'd finish around 1:40 beforehand, ran by feel, and finished in 1:40:15. That course is at the top of my list for favorites because it's close, it's gorgeous, it's fast, and they have pizza at the end.
Parowan Half: I was in New Harmony and offered to pace this last minute since I was in town. I was on standby until the night before and they didn't need someone anymore, but they gave me a slot anyway! I got to race, and since it was the week after Timp I didn't have high expectations. The course had been changed due to flooding and fires, and it was much more challenging than advertised. I was able to struggle through and ended up with a 1:50. It was really fun to run in a tiny Town and experience the town getting involved with the race. I finished four more miles after to complete a long run for marathon training. I ran along the course and chatted with the last racers and it was fun getting to talk with them.
Run Elevated Half: I found a discounted bib for this race and decided to run it as part of a twenty miler. I had a few neighborhood runners who were doing it so I got to meet up with them and we ended up running together a lot. I like this group of ladies because they are fun to chat with and they challenge me. They pulled ahead as we neared the canyon mouth and I dug deep to try and stay close. I was somewhat hoping for a PR but hadn't planned on it or trained for it. I did a few miles before and after so I figured that also limit PR possibility. I came in at 1:36:45, 1:31 off of my PR and I was happy with that as I put forth my near best effort while still trying to be smart with my marathon training.
I truly enjoy the half distance and was happy to mark a bunch off my list this year. I ran a half April-August and really would have loved to keep the trend going if I didn't have full marathon plans to work around.