I'm sure you all remember a few years ago when I ran my first half marathon at the Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point. Actually- maybe you don't... I don't think I every blogged about it. NBD, I'm a professional blogger.
Well, that was the first race I ever did. I made my entire family come see me do it because after training for it, I was positive I would never run another half marathon in my life. Fast forward two years and five half marathons later, we all know that didn't end up being true.
And then last year, I signed up for it the night before on a whim. I had just ran the Zion Half a few weeks prior, but I was a little out of my mind (we had just put my dog down and finals were destroying me) and I registered at midnight before the race. I had a blast, but in retrospect it wasn't the best idea because I hadn't kept my training up and my knees paid dearly for it. I decided this year, I wouldn't run the Tulip Half Marathon right after the Zion Half because I want to be able to continue to run.
But, although I decided no to do the half, the 5k was free game. My mom has been wanting to do a 5k with me for years, so for Christmas I bought her and I our entries to the Tulip Festival 5k! It's been awesome to have something to look forward to for the last five months, and she came up to our house Friday night so we could get up early on Saturday and ride down together. We went to Park City and I got to show her and Landon my new work digs and give them the grand tour of the penthouse suite and followed it up with dinner at our favorite pizza joint. We didn't stay out too late because it was a blizzard (it's been a whiteout all week up here) and we needed to get home and get some rest.
It was windy, but the sun was out and the flowers smelled amazing. For the first time this year, it finally feels like spring. One of the perks of running the 5k instead of the half marathon was that a lot of people were still running, so we got the gardens almost all to ourselves for the couple hours we were walking around them. Around lunch time, the crowds started making their way in, but it was fine because we were on our way out. We got to enjoy it all while it was calm and quiet and it was glorious.