June Races

Back in January, June was going to be a rough month. In that we planned to participate in two half marathons that would give us good proof of time for races that would take place later in the year. As it became clearer (in April) and clearer (in May) that our main fall running event wouldn’t be taking place, I decided that we didn’t need to kill ourselves with half marathons in June anymore – especially if those half marathons would be virtual.

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May Races

With the excellent May weather and Utah people still holding strong to their decision to spend as much time out of doors as possible, we still had trouble with using local parks for our races. The reason I enjoy using parks or running the trail near Kyla’s house is because I don’t like running with a camelbak. Then, while picking up a virtual race packet at Salt Lake Running company, I found a lovely handheld water bottle and pouch, and suddenly I was more than happy to traverse long stretches of running trail. That presented us with the Jordan River Trail which is smooth enough, flat enough, and gosh darn it, we like it. And in all of our times running the trail we still hadn’t come across any dead bodies NOR had we been murdered. So we used it for both virtual races.

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April Races

As I am a very stubborn person, I wasn’t about to let my aversion for running races on courses I had to plan, with water I had to bring, and cheerfulness I had to invent, get in the way of running 20 races this year. The problem we ran (hahah) into was that everyone seemed to be taking the CoVid-19 precautions / stay-at-home orders to mean: go outside when you’ve never done so before! Congregate with your neighbors and all their children and don’t wear masks! Lick toilet seats! Or I don’t know what the voices in some people’s heads are saying, that’s just mine.

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March Races

March started with rumors that COVID-19 was going to start shutting things down. For some reason I didn’t really think that it would affect the small races we had signed up for this month. I mean, it’s just me and Kyla, and sometimes Andrea, running together. Everyone else is definitely social distancing way way far in front of us.

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