This past Saturday I participated in the Rock Canyon Half Marathon in Pueblo, Colorado. Yep, you read that correctly – I ran 13.1 miles at almost 4,700 feet! This was my third half-marathon but my first one being completely vegan. I felt better than ever.
One of the highlights of my day was achieving a personal record by running the half-marathon in 2 hours and 28 minutes! I know that’s not the 5-minute mile pace that the leaders were running (ha, I can’t even imagine running that fast!), but I was beyond thrilled about this accomplishment.
I had such an amazing time running the race! The course was beautiful – and pretty flat for Colorado. It was a bit chilly on the day of, but nothing compared to what the runners experienced the year before (I heard the temps didn’t break single digits last year!).
In addition to the awesome running experience I had on Saturday, this race was very special for me because I ran it for the animals. During my two months of training, I aimed to raise at least $1,000 for Mercy For Animals (MFA). MFA “[serves] as a voice for animals through proactive consumer education initiatives, cruelty investigations, corporate outreach, and legal advocacy.”
This organization means a lot to me because of all the incredible life-saving work they provide for the animals. So, you can imagine how ecstatic I was to have surpassed my goal with two weeks left to race day. My family and friends are awesome people and I’m so appreciative of their support. Even though the race is finished, you can still donate through my FirstGiving fundraising page. How cool would it be to hit $1,310 – $100 for every mile I ran on Saturday?!
Before I sign off, I have to share what I ate before and after the race. The night before, I made a simple yet delicious pasta dish – gotta carb up! (I love the episode of The Office where Steve Carell’s character misinterprets what it means to carbo load.)
On the day of the race, I had my traditional pre-run breakfast of an English muffin covered with peanut butter and banana and a side of berries, which was perfect and held me over for the entire race.
By the time we drove home, though, I was ready to eat! I wanted some nutrient-dense recovery food, so we got soups and salads loaded with all the good stuff from Mountain Mama.
It was such a memorable experience, and I’m already looking forward to my next race!