Return from Arizona

After a nice long weekend with family and friends in Arizona, I return to the Bay with a new half marathon PR!

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On Sunday morning I ran the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘N’ Roll Arizona half marathon through the streets of Tempe, Scottsdale and Phoenix. My original time goal for this race was to break 2 hours, but because I was sick and had to stop running for over 2 weeks at the end of December/beginning of January, I decided to throw out any plan and try to just enjoy the race. Which I did, AND I still managed to finish in 2:04. Soooo close! It is still a half marathon PR for me (my original PR was 2:06) so how could I not be happy?? I will be working on my race review this week, but let me tell you-from the crowd support, organization, course, the sights, the sounds, the weather-this was an AMAZING race. I took a record number of pictures along the course, and I’m excited to get busy writing and share my experience!

I also returned from Arizona with an awesome runner present: one of my best friends, Allison, made a “His and Hers” medal hanger for my boyfriend and I!

MedalHangerAllison

How crazy adorable/thoughtful/amazing is this??

This isn’t the first homemade medal hanger I’ve been given though. My other bestie, Julie, made me one last year as well:

MedalHangerJulie

I’m so spoiled by my friends and their craftiness!

Now the trick is finding where exactly I want to display these! I don’t quite have enough medals yet to fill these up, but I’m planning on overloading them by the end of the year πŸ™‚

I had to jump right back in to work when I got home (like 6 hours after my plane landed yesterday morning) and unpacking, but I’m looking forward to catching up with all of my running bloggers this week!

Have the happiest of Tuesdays!

-J

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26 thoughts on “Return from Arizona

  1. YES!!!!! Nice job on the PR!! Can’t wait to hear what you think and see your pictures! The weather was good. Even though I didn’t have a great race, I still had fun!!
    I am sure with all of the races you are doing this year you will break 2!!!

    • Aw I’m sorry you didn’t have a great race! Was it the weather?? I was done around 10am, so you were probably running in the warmer part of the day. I will have to read your review, the full and half course were completely different. Even though I PR’d, I didn’t feel my absolute best-but I did have a great time too!

  2. Great job! I finished in 2:04 as well! We were probably right next to each other…or maybe not since I guess it would depend on your corral. Anyway, fantastic job. I just posted the exact same after-race picture of my husband and I taken in with the same background on my blog as well. Too funny.

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