Salt Flats 1/2 a few days later…

It’s been a few days since my mom and I ran the Salt Flats 1/2.

It was a great run.  Here’s a quick recap of the day:

We started out by getting up at 5:30.  We got dressed and headed over to meet Heidi.  We got about half way to the Golden Nugget and came to a dead head.  We were already a few minutes late so we chugged our protein drinks and started running down a dirt road.  Thankfully we were only a few minutes late.

We loaded up the car and headed out to the salt flats.  We arrived 15 minutes before the start.  There was no line at check-in so we quickly got our goodie bags.  With 10 minutes to go, we filled our water bottles, put on sun screen and did some last minute body looseners.  I reset my Garmin just before the start…

Just after 7:00 a small group started the second annual Salt Flats 1/2 marathon. (I think there were 38 runners)  We got running and the group left us as we settled into our own pace.  After about a minute I realized that even though I reset my Garmin, I forgot to push start!  Thankfully we we had only gone a short distance…

As we ran, we watched a spectacular sun rise.  It started before the sun rose and turned the sky all kinds of shades of purple and pink.  After about 1/2 mile the sun started to come over the horizon.  Not a bad way to start a run!

We settled in to about a 9 min/km pace for the first mile.  Then we kicked it up to about 8 min/km.  We ended up averaging 8:19 min/km.  (That translates into 14.04 mile/min)

The run was a lot of fun.  The land scape is unique and really beautiful.  It’s really interesting to be running towards the horizon and realize that you’re running to a point past it.  Kind of like running to oblivion!

We stopped at each aid station and refiled our water bottles and drank some PowerAid.  At the turn around point we got some Jelly Belly Beans.  Water and fuel was not a problem during the run.  It really makes a difference when you don’t have to worry about that stuff.

So, what about my goals….

  1. Finish (Done)
  2. Finish with out walking. (Aid stations don’t count…) (Done)
  3. Do it in less than 3.5 hours (Done!!!) Our time was 3:05.  That’s close to 45 minutes faster than my last long run.
  4. Don’t be last (Done) We were able to pass 3 people.

Over all it was a fantastic race.  Looking forward to running it again next year.

If you want to check out my stats for the run:

FYI: I have my Garmin set to measure in metric. The short reason why is because I first started training for a 5K. I didn’t want to have to do translations while I ran so I switched to metric. The slightly longer reason is because many of the runs I want to do are measured in kilometers.

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