Nora picked up "hug time" from the movie Trolls, so when her watch beeps on the hour, she'll find me for hug time and I love it!
I wasn't sure if Scott would want us to keep this first sign because he doesn't always love that we sing and dance while we clean in the kitchen because it prolongs the time it takes to finish the job. But he chuckled when he saw it so I think he doesn't mind it as much as I thought he did.
And as mentioned above, Elisa Ludwig and I ran a half marathon together. We ran together a couple of times before the race, but we couldn't train much together because our schedules are different and I have to run early morning before the kids are up and going, and she needs her sleep because she has a baby that doesn't sleep through the night, so she tends to go later in the morning with a couple kids in tow. But this was my half marathon training plan that I was pretty good about following. It has you running 6 days a week, with one long run day, one intervals speed and strength training day, and one tempo run day (race pace). I felt like this really got me prepared to do my best and it pushed me to run faster.
Here we are just before the race began, on Saturday May 6. We drove down to Provo and then caught a bus up to Provo canyon around 515am. Busses ran from 430-530am. The race began at 7am so we had a wait awhile but we stretched and visited and it wasn't as cold as last year which was nice. We also found several pacers before hand and looked at their wristbands to see how fast theyd be running each mile and kinda picked who we thought we'd try to stick with.
Elisa L and I started with the pacer that finished in 1 hour 40 minutes. Elisa L and I ran together the first few miles and then she needed to slow down a tiny bit. I kept with the pacer for a couple more miles but then after awhile I let her go ahead but I kept her in my view for most of the race, until about the last few miles. Around mile 10 my feet really started to feel the pavement under them and it was getting painful, so it really turned into a mental game those last several miles. I was grateful for all the training I'd done so I could tell myself things like, "just 6 more miles, you do this all the time, easy tempo run." and "4 miles left, that's nothin". "just a 5k". and "everyone here is in pain, just like you, be stronger and push past it, it'll be over so soon.". "only 8 minutes left, you can do anything for 8 minutes."