So I guess the movie Thelma and Louise filmed a lot of their scenes in Moab, UT. So it's only fitting for a 1/2 marathon in Moab to be titled the same, right? I had heard of the run via my Girls on the Run connections - seeing as the race's proceeds goes to GOTR and another organization. It's a girls-only race and I thought that would be fun. I got 2 other girls that I know (in the stake) to run it as well.
My parents decided to meet us in Moab and so we were able to make a mini-vacay out of it. It was pretty awesome:
Ben woke up with me around 5am and took me to the hotel where my friends had stayed. We then drove up together to the race spot (while Ben went back "home" and "slept" for a little bit).
The race started at 6:30 and it a nice, cool start. I stayed with my 2 friends for the 1st half and then headed out a little further ahead on my own. My friends had a good pace, but they were doing the walk/run thing and I just wanted to keep on running. :)
After that and a couple of cartons of chocolate milk, we headed back down to the condo. We took a quick swim at the pool (and oh the blessed hot-tub - that was sooooo nice!) and then checked out of our place at 11. We headed to Negro Bill Canyon for a hike I had found online and had great reviews (both online and from some of Ben's friends).
The hike was awesome, except for some mistakes we made. It was only a 4 1/2 mile round-trip hike. Simple-pimple. My kids have hiked 6+ miles - and that included significant elevation changes. This one didn't. The 2.25 miles out to Morning Glory Arch seemed f. . . o . . . r . . . e. . . v . . . e. . . r. Truthfully, we just made it to where we could see the arch! But here were our dumb mistakes: I brought my water bottle but couldn't share b/c of the lame cold I've had, Ben forgot to get one for him and the kids (my mom did have a small one), and we brought no food. I had mentioned apples, but I guess we just decided against it. So that stuff, all combined with just running 13.1 miles, made it seem extra super-duper long, I guess.
But the hike itself was awesome. The kids really loved it - especially the boys. They did great. Emmy had moments where she was hot and tired and I did end up carrying her on my back for some of the way down. But given everything, I think everyone did great. There was some shade (which is slightly unusual in Moab hiking), lots of water-crossings, cool cacti, neat rocks, etc.
So we finally made it back to the parking lot - just about when my dad was starting to get worried. I got to ride back in to town in my dad's new car. It was fun - and perhaps a little more peaceful than in my own car. :) We also tried to call my sister on the "hand's-free" device. Crazy stuff I tell ya. My parents took us out to "lunner" (late lunch/early dinner) at one of their favorite places, Zax. It was pretty fantastic. I was feeling pretty famished by the time we ate!
Then we pretty much each headed back our own ways. The kids loved seeing their grandparents (2 sets of grandparents in 2 weekends - lucky them!) and had a wonderful time, too. I love how Ben always supports me in my hobbies. He thinks I'm neat. :)
All in all, it was a short and exhausting weekend - yet fun and so wonderful to see my parents, too.