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Not a typical Sunday morning race!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

This morning, my husband (Doug) and I had the pleasure of running a 4-mile trail run at Old Tucson Studios. This is an interesting race, as it makes one loop around the studio grounds, then 2 miles into the desert, and then back to the studio grounds for the last mile. Because the trail is single-lane thru the desert, there is a different start time for the guys and the ladies (although either sex can whatever race they want).

Photo of the guy's start:

And, a photo of Doug (well, a partial photo):

The weather was almost perfect, at 45-50 degrees and partially cloudy.

An hour later, the lady's run started - and here I am in the light blue shirt (new camera, and it takes photos quicker than we are used to):

41:36 minutes later, the beloved finish line:

The course was a bit of a challenge, for the 2 miles into the desert. First of all, it was mostly single-file, and as a trail race - there were rocks, or sand, and other obstacles. The course was close to a mountain, so the first half of the trail was a slight incline up (glad we had run in this race before, and I knew it wouldn't all be going up), and there were LOTS of ups and downs - as you can see in the next photo:

All in all, it was a great race. Well organized, great weather, nice breakfast afterwards, and unique. It is nice that it is a different race length than most, so no worries at trying to PR. But, we still gauge our run times compared to previous years and I was able to cut almost three minutes off last year's time. (Doug did take 2nd in his age group, and I did my typical middle-of-the-pack finish, 7th in my age group out of 15. 78th overall female out of 150 runners/walkers.)

If you are ever in Tucson in January, I'd recommend this race.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ONMYMEDS 2/14/2013 8:31AM

    This looks like a fun race!! Congrats on your accomplishment. Well done.

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COMPUCATHY 1/30/2013 7:18PM

    That is VERY cool! Thanks for sharing! I've never been to Tucson. Maybe it will be in my future somewhere! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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KATWELL88 1/28/2013 7:20PM

    Hmm intersting blog .. Not much of runner .. ( balance issues) the old tuscon stodies sound intersting ( i would stand there watching the set not the runners uhho beeter move ) LOL emoticon emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 1/28/2013 1:14PM

    How unique - thanks for sharing!!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/28/2013 7:48AM

    What lovely scenery! Nice race, nice report. There's nothing wrong with middle of the pack.

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LINDAKAY228 1/28/2013 7:22AM

    Looks like a great race. I went to Old Tucson once about 30 years ago. I really need to visit it again sometime. Maybe next year I'll try to plan on it. I'm in Silver City, NM about 4 hours from Tucson so it would be doable. Congratulations to you and Doug!

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SONDRAJ20 1/28/2013 7:21AM

    Beautiful scenery! Love the pictures. And congratulations on improving your time.

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SEABREEZE65 1/28/2013 7:15AM

    What a great race! It looks like a lot of fun.

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PMRUNNER 1/28/2013 4:55AM

    That's pretty cool, thanks for sharing!

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WINDSURFNERD 1/27/2013 11:43PM

    Cool race! Congratulations on clobbering your previous time!

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NATPLUMMER 1/27/2013 9:26PM

    Wow! Looks like a great race! You had a fab time!! Congrats!

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HSMOMX2 1/27/2013 7:28PM

    emoticon and Congrats on improving your time!

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ANDY_54 1/27/2013 7:25PM

    Wow, looks like a lot of fun! I think I would be gawking too much at the studio sets trying to figure out what show they were from, lol. It looks like desert running is a little different than the normal fare. Great job, sure something to keep in mind!

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