Hello friends! Thank you all SO MUCH for all of your incredible pre-race inspiration! I had all of your mantras and motivating words running through my head throughout the Phoenix marathon on Saturday, and they helped me all the way to the finish! I’m so happy to report that I ran a PR with a time of 3:31, and qualified for Boston for 2017 (hoping that the cutoff will be no more than 4 minutes next year!). I have a lot more to say about the race in the next post, but for now I’ll share some photo highlights of our trip to Arizona!
Finish line photo with our half and full marathon medals! I am so grateful to have such a wonderful, supportive running buddy :)
Our weekend in this southwest state was one to remember. We stayed at ranch called Saguaro Lake Ranch (Mesa, AZ), which was surrounded by the Tonto national forest (forest as in millions of cacti!). The marathon start and finish were located in Mesa, despite it being called “The Phoenix Marathon”! We loved this little remote and rustic camp, which included some beautiful grounds for exploring, horses, stables, and a great central lodge with delicious breakfast each morning. If you’re in the Mesa, AZ area- I recommend that you check out this area! After the race, Saguaro Lake Ranch offered a great little oasis for relaxation!
Views from the ranch:
Mark looking at the massive surrounding saguaro cacti!
Views down the road from the ranch, including Saguaro Lake:
To cap of the trip, we went for a drive up to Usery Mountain Region Park, which is where the marathon started. We were welcomed by this incredible, almost cliche but real, wild west sunset:
Now it’s back to reality, but I am happy to have time to rest, regroup, and reflect on the race and training before I take on the next goal. Stay tuned for the full Phoenix marathon recap!
How was your weekend? Any races/great runs/other fun plans?
Have you been to AZ? Favorite part?
Where did you last PR? I’d love to hear your stories!
What’s your next race or personal fitness goal?