A couple of weekends ago I officially crossed Arizona off the list!
I ran the Sedona Half Marathon with my husband and two of our friends. We drove out to Sedona on the Friday before the race for a long weekend trip. Saturday morning we woke up to freezing temps and were not feeling prepared. I feel like this has been a common theme for me recently, between the rain in KC and the cold weather in Sedona!
Luckily the race started at 8am, which is later than most races I’ve done, which meant that the sun had risen and it was starting to get warmer. By the time we started moving, it felt great.
This race had 3 distances: half marathon, 10k, and 5k. All were an out and back and followed the same route, with varying distances (of course) and staggered starts. We did the half marathon and started first, with a nice downhill!
I really enjoyed the race. It was smaller than others I’ve done (I think about 1500 people) and it definitely had the feel of a small course. There were not a lot of spectators, so if that’s important to you, this probably isn’t the right race. However what it lacked in cheering squads it definitely made up for in views! It was one of the prettiest races I’ve done. It reminded me why I love running, especially in the morning, with incredible views. 🙂
It was also pretty hilly. I don’t think it was as bad as I was expecting though. I went in with the mindset that it would just be the worst in terms of hills, but it was all pretty much rolling hills and nothing too horrible. There was a big hill towards the end, which I was dreading the whole race after running down it and knowing what was coming, but even that wasn’t the end of the world.
I will say, I think the elevation got me on this course. It wasn’t very high elevation, but coming from sea level it was still something and it definitely made the hills harder and my pace slower. At least I’m going to blame it on elevation anyway. 😉
We finished the race on an uphill (whyyyy do courses do this?) and were rewarded with a finishers medal, t-shirt, and of course all of the race treats. Which, by the way, are not Whole30 compliant. Leading up to this race I had decided to do Whole30 for the 2nd time with some friends, and I hadn’t gotten to the point of adding in non-Whole30 foods yet (my 30 days were officially over around the weekend of the race), so it was disappointing to see the cookies and crackers that I couldn’t have. But I grabbed a banana and filled up my water bottle and it was fine!
After the race we hung out for a little to grab some pictures, then headed back to our Airbnb for a feast, and to explore more of Sedona!