Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The 1st Annual Sabino Canyon Classic Race Recap

This was definitely one of my favorite races (so far). I have a few reasons for this. First of all, it was in Sabino Canyon and that = beautiful in my mind and a great place to host a race. Secondly, I really tried to race this one. I didn't hold back near the end (even though it got tough) and I finished strong. This is definitely an improvement for me, considering the last two races. I felt more confident with this one. Another reason is that my sister ran it with me (this is always a good thing). :)  Lastly, I got a great race photo!

Okay, on to the details.

I woke up at 4am which did not make for a happy Chance. He wakes up whenever I wake up (light sleeper) so this was inevitable. I did feel bad though considering he was going to meet me at the race later so he could sleep in...whoops. Anyway, I woke up (groggy, only 5-ish hours of sleep) and went to pick up my mom and my sister. We got to the race about 5:20 ish (?) and Joann and I picked up our bib and our goodies. BTW, I love goodies. :)

Joann showed me some active stretches such as the can-can dancer one (what is this called??) and butt kickers (I like to make up names obviously). It was still pretty dark outside and a little chilly. Yes, chilly, in Tucson, in September. I swear it was. It was like 5am! 
Joann and I stretching.

After we stretched (and got some looks...it looked silly, I'll admit it) we used the restrooms (not porta potties, yay!) over and over again. Why does this always happen before a race?? I swear I go once and usually I'd be fine, but 5 minutes later my body is saying, "quick, just one more time!".

After our repetitive bathroom trips, we headed over to the start of the race. It was a pretty good size crowd for the first annual.

I made Chance and my mom take a few quick photos of us before we got situated...

....and then we were off! *(I should mention that the course used to be 4 miles, but a few days before the race there happened to be a very large sinkhole on the bridge we were going to use, thus the extra distance)* 
The course was flat at first and then it took a right...right into the hills from hell. Okay, they weren't that bad, but very hard if you don't have too many hills to train on around your house. Joann and I stayed together for about two miles (maybe, more or less). Then we came up on another hill (ugh, those darn hills) and Joann wanted to walk. I had a lot of energy at this point (energy drink a while back?) so I tried to push her. I made sure she didn't want to come and then I was off. My goal was to just keep running (especially up those hills). 

I remember passing certain people and then slowing down and they passed me and I sped up and passed them again...this went on and on like a game. I'm not sure if I should feel bad or what?

I pushed myself really hard on the hills and only let myself walk flat parts. I did really like the downhill aspect to hills though. Downhill is fantastic! I just let myself fly down the hill.

 I hit 3 miles when the sun started to come up. The cool morning air had felt so good! But I was almost finished so I pushed myself and kept replaying "All the Small Things" on my ipod to keep me going. 

I remember seeing the photographer and straightening out my earphone cord and my shirt so I wouldn't look so awful. Funny, I know. 

I was not too far away from the finish when I decided to just sprint it. I wanted to see if it would have made a difference in my place, which it almost did. I ended up being the 201st finisher. Had I passed the lady in front of me, I would have been a nice even number. Darn. 
Time:  49.31
Miles:  4.5
Avg Pace:  11:00
Place Overall:  201
Place in Age Division:  16th

I remember thinking how hard that race was when I finished. And it was, because Joann thought so too. Joann came in about 4 minutes after me. I'm very impressed with her, considering she didn't run for the past month. Great job Joann! Thanks for running with me!!

This is me finishing. You'll have to find me though. :)

Joann has a much better finishing photo. Am I right?

Our finishing tech tees.

Modeling our tech tees.

Afterwards, we got a free mexican breakfast ( scrambled eggs, beans, a tortilla, and salsa) and free leg massages. = awesome! (Why didn't I get pictures of this stuff?)

Overall, I really liked this race, I had a great time and I hope to do it again next year!! :)

Have a great end of September!! 


  1. YAY you!!

    Way to go!

    Awesome job! I must do this one year!

    Love the photos!!!!!!!

  2. Great work, and it sounds like a fun race!!
    And leg massages?!?! Pretty sure I did the wrong race this last weekend!

  3. You had me at free mexican breakfast.

    Nice work!!

  4. Better finishing photo or dorkier finishing photo. I go with dorkier :-)

  5. Good job on the race!!! The race photo is great and I also like their shirts! :)

  6. Congrats! Nice job on the race! Great photos - your race photo is awesome!

  7. Congrats! Nice job on those hills! Great photos!

  8. Wow, it looks like you had a great race! Nice job on those hills....those hills will make you faster:) You have such a beautiful area to run in. I love the cactus plants!

  9. Good work and I love the photos!


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