Run With It

I’m not a runner. But a few years ago I started pounding the pavement 20 minutes at a time to clear my mind and my lungs. I signed up for the Cedar Hills 5K in 2007 and ran 3.1 miles for the first time in my life. Since then, I’ve run in a handful of races — and even placed in a few low-turnout contests. In 2010, I scribbled three races on my calendar — Ragnar and two half marathons. As a warmup, I did a 15K (just under 10 miles) at the Homestead in Midway and came away with a second place ribbon and a stress fracture. My other race entry fees became donations. This year I again tackled a training schedule, which (almost) prepared me to run Ragnar and my first half marathon. Before running the American Fork Canyon Half last Saturday, I declared that this would be the finale to my running career. I’d had enough with the sore legs, time commitment and sweat. But then I got a runner’s high as I completed the 13.1 miles in 1 hour 51 minutes. I may reconsider my retirement. (A year ago, we published a top 10 list of races in Utah County on page 122 of the July/August issue of Utah Valley Magazine. We had a few people write in and strongly disagree with our choices. You might think we hate hatemail, but we actually find it helpful and sometimes entertaining! By the way, the next time we do a list of top 10 races, the AF Canyon Half will certainly make the cut.