Getting Into The Groove

Last November, at the New York City Marathon, I finally attained that long-sought-after Boston qualifier. Still, I dipped just below my qualifying time, so I’ll likely need to run faster this spring to punch my ticket to Boston.

My sights are set on the Utah Valley Marathon on June 10.  The website describes the marathon as “a fast paced scenic course that begins in Wallsburg, Utah, running into Provo Canyon and features much of the diverse scenery offered in Utah County. Marathon runners will run along canyon roads that follow the Provo River. The race course has spectacular views of Bridal Veil Falls, the mountains, and the city. This Utah Marathon finishes in historic downtown Provo at the Utah County Courthouse park.”

Many of the Utah races appeal to me, especially after a terrific (and personal best) in St. George, Utah, in 2015. I’ve been looking at other Utah races ever since.

The Utah Valley Marathon also appeals to me because the weather should be ideal with an early start (6 a.m.) and convenient travel with a flight through Salt Lake City, about 40 miles from Provo. Further, it allows me to use the Fargo Marathon as a tune-up race for a fast downhill course.

Sound inviting? Well, to make it a little more tempting, race organizers are offering a discount to Addicted to Running readers (save 15% off using the code sw15) and offered these tidbits about the race:

  • The Utah Valley Marathon was named a TOP 10 race in America by Runner’s World Magazine in 2014

  • This year, runners will receive a race jacket instead of a shirt in 2017, the event’s 10-year anniversary

  • The marathon features a “super fast downhill course”

  • Finishers will earn large race medals

Hopefully, that’s enough for you to put this on your race calendar. I’ll be writing more about the Utah Valley Marathon soon and getting back into my running groove to take advantage of a June trip to Utah. Here are a few photos courtesy of the race.

In other news, for the first time since I began winter trail racing in Arizona, chasing a podium spot for the Desert Trail Race Series won’t happen.

To qualify, runners need to compete at 3 or more Aravaipa Running events during the winter and accumulate points based on finishing time. The plan was to compete this weekend, in a relatively new 35K event added to the race lineup, and take my chances on a decent finish.

Opting out of the series wasn’t really a hard decision, though.

After the unexpected timing of bringing Cooper home from South Dakota, I figured it was best to spend some time and build some consistency with the young pup and future running companion. Instead, I’ve rescheduled the trip to compete in a non-series qualifying event in April, which should prove a good boost for marathon training this year, especially with Utah Valley in the plans.

So far in 2017, there’s been little consistency for me, but I’m excited following a terrific run on gravel roads with friends last weekend and a good uptempo treadmill workout.

On the treadmill run, I realized that it could be another pretty busy year at the races. It’s these events — time spent training with friends, competing against myself at races and sharing memories with runners afterwards — that make me feel alive. Hopefully at least a few readers will take advantage of that discount code. See you on the streets — and at the races.

4 Responses

  1. great tips and inspiration for all runners! I’m training for a half marathon with SportMe running app which calculates distance, pace, time and calories and adjusts running plans to my progress.

Comments are closed.