Sunday, March 22, 2009

Fun weekend in Moab!

We took our family for a nice weekend trip to Moab for the half-marathon. I posted lots of pics, so bear with me....
Here I am the morning of the race on Saturday, waiting to load the bus taking us up the canyon to the starting line.

Racers waiting in lines for port-a-potty's and hot chocolate before the race. I understood there were 5,000 racers, but the results only list 3,284.

Even though we're not quite moving yet, this is right after the race started, it turned out a bit blurry. This is the first race I've actually brought a camera on, and I did get a couple of non-blurry shots.

The scenery was awesome!

Here are the girls waiting for me at the finish line.

My goal was to finish in 1:58 or 1:59, since I've been doing that in my training, but I surprised myself when I finished in 1:52:36. I guess I can blame it on the flat/downhill course, and the adrenaline! There were 3 times I specifically remember going uphill, but the rest seemed pretty flat to me. I finished 800th overall, 57th in my age group.

After the race, the girls FINALLY got to go swimming at the hotel, (the thing they were most excited about), but the manager said the pool maintenance guy forgot to turn the heater on, and the water was COLD! The poor kids swam anyway. For a few minutes at least. Kind of a bummer. The weather was SO awesome though! Nice and warm.

And after swimming and lunch, I took a 15 minute nap, and we were off to hike to delicate arch. It was a 3 mile hike round trip, and the girls did pretty good. Bailee is already a great hiker, and kept hiking way ahead of us, and Trinidee wanted to be carried a lot. She's still at that age I guess. Ryker was in the carrier on Kevin's back, and he seemed to enjoy it.

When we got to this overlook where you could see the arch, the wind was SO bad that it took Bailee's hat right off of her head and off of a cliff. She was devastated to lose her hat. Here's Kevin comforting her right after it happened. I was able to go and get it on our way back down though. Bailee was so relieved!

And here's our family under the arch, with a few extras added in! It was a busy weekend.

Kevin ended up carrying Ryker plus one of the girls on his shoulders almost the whole time, (mostly Trinidee). He's so tough! Notice how he clings on to the precious pink hat. It got really windy on the way back down!

All in all, (besides Ryker screaming for a good portion of the 3 1/2 hour drive to and from Moab), the weekend was a lot of fun, and I hope the kids will remember it! It was a great little getaway :-)


Erin said...

Good Job Tia!! You are seriously my hero! What a fun family trip too!

Frank, Heidi and Family said...

Wow, you did amazing time. That's incredible, way to go. Then after you just took a short 15 min. nap, what?? I would have been knocked out all day.

Dawna said...

oooo- warmth! Makes me wanna go down there! Great job with the running- we miss you

kimbob said...

Way to go on beating the time you were shooting for! We love Moab and I'm glad the weather was great for you. I can't believe you only had a 15 minute name and then went hiking, you are amazing!

Mark and Kattie said...

That sounds so fun, I am impressed you went hiking after the race!

Angie said...

Great job! Glad you had such a good time with the family too.

Doug and Tiff said...

great job!! you rock!! way cute pics of your cute family!! what a fun weekend!!
btw... emma will be going to the new school. i'm so nervous about the whole school thing... i know she'll do good, i'm just nervous!

Tami said...

Way to go on the half marathon! It was so fun to run into Kevin at the park. I wish we could've seen you. I was watching but missed you. We went hiking that afternoon in the same place! That is too funny. It was super windy, but my kids loved it too. I could've stayed in Moab another week. It was so nice.