Sunday, March 7, 2021

2021 March Madness Half Marathon Race Recap - Woods Cross, UT






Official Time: 1:53:54
Placement: 25th place overall, 4th in the 50 - 54
Results: Here
Race WebsiteHere
Weather: Low 50's, 20 mph wind from the south.
Garmin Dump: Here
Previous Years: [2020] [2018]  [2017] [2016]

Mile TimeComments
18:27Off to a decent start. Honestly, I was trying to hold back here
28:17
38:21Just ran a 25:20-ish 5K? At the start of a half marathon. Oops
48:23
58:29
68:3152:11 was my 10K time.  Crazy and too fast, but how much did the win play here?
7       8:26
88:28Last of the good miles with not a lot of wind
98:41
109:10Into a headwind -- without a lot of blockage for it.
119:06
129:28The wind just kept getting worse. So humbling.
139:35Slow grind to the finish
13.050:22Finally done!
Total Miles: 13:05 - 1:53:49
(note I accidentally paused my Garmin for a bit during the start of the race)






Introduction


Just about every March, I sign up for the March Madness Half Marathon.  It is probably one of the better bargains as far as racing goes: if you sign up during its initial week, it is a $30 race.  Plus, it also supports the local food bank.

The only drawback, about the race is that it usually is a wild card as far as weather goes.  Every year I've done it, the race has posed certain challenges, whether it be rain, cold or wind.  That's just normal life in Utah for the month of March.  This year, I suspect was pretty close to ideal -- with one exception: the wind.

Either way, I am good with it and it is an easy drive and usually a good time.  The race also sports 3 distances: a 5K, 10K and half marathon.  Having just done a successful solo half marathon this past winter I decided I'd give the half marathon another go this year.





The Race


The race was held at the Mountain View Park Trailhead along the Legacy Bike Trail.  I've done a race or two at this park before and have run along the trail from time to time in other races or even on my own (Note: some course photos are NOT from this particular race)

Race start was at 9 AM and I got there just after 8 AM.  Packet pickup was easy and the race started promptly at 9 AM.

The weather was sort of chilly -- at least while waiting in line to pick up my bib.  I had shorts and a single shirt on with a running jacket.  I knew I was going to ditch the jacket though.   There was a decent wind from the south but it didn't seem that bad.  Would the race actually have semi-perfect weather for the first time in its 6 year history?




I wound up going with the shorts + 2 t-shirts and some cheap gloves.  I regretted after a mile or so wearing the two shirts.  I was feeling pretty warm.

Most of the racing charts put me finishing around 1:52 or so, given my training times.  I had also done some trial half marathons on my own, finishing each around 1:53.  I was definitely concerned about the wind but it didn't seem that bad.  A few years ago I did the half and got pummeled by it on the way back.  The memory of me shambling back to the finish still haunts me today.



The race starts off by heading north along the Legacy Bike Trail.  My goal was to hit the first three miles at 9 minutes / mile.  I definitely wanted to bank energy for the return trip and start off easy.  I was monitoring my heart rate too to make sure I wasn't working too hard.

I wasn't too shocked to hit the first mile at 8:30.  I didn't feel like I was the benefit of a tail wind, but I was.  My heart rate was about where I wanted it to be as well.  I tried to dial it back a bit.

Suffice to say, I completely failed at holding it back.  I went through the first 5K in about 25:20, which was 5K race pace a few months ago.  And to make matters worse, I went through the first 10K in 52:10.  But it was easy and I was running with a bit of a tailwind. 

As I was running I kept looking at the vegetation around me.  It wasn't moving much so I figured I wasn't going to get slammed on the way back.  

However, around mile 5 as we ran along the bike trail near I-15, we did get a headwind.  I commented to the guy running next to me, "Did the wind just shift?".  He was just as confused as I was.  



I was feeling pretty worn down by the time I got to the half marathon turn around.  I had run a series of 8:30's and felt like if the wind didn't hit me, I could probably go sub 9 for the rest of the race.  When I did turn around, however, I was greeted with a gentle breeze but nothing too crazy.  Whew, maybe the wind wasn't going to be a factor.

I felt pretty strong and my times were going better than expected.  I knew I had gone a bit too fast but I could hang on.  However, once I reached the 8 mile mark, the wind hit me up.  I've certainly dealt with worse but it seemed like I lost all hope.

Suddenly, maintaining my 8:30-ish paced seem a lot harder.  A guy who was tailing me for most of the race suddenly dropped me and I kept looking down at my Garmin in hopes that the pace I thought I was running was actually wrong.  Nope.




I kept just plugging along in hopes that I'd get a break from the wind.  Every now and then it did die down a bit but not for long.  Also every little hill that I had gotten the benefit from on the way out, now seemed like a giant one.



The final 3 miles were humbling.  All things considered my pace wasn't too awful -- it had slipped from 10K pace down to about marathon pace.  Every step just seemed to take forever.  A few other runners slogged by me at the end too.  We each mumbled something derogatory about the wind.  There were less than a 100 half marathoners and the ability levels really was across the board.  Most of the time I had someone within eyesight of me but as the race progressed -- particularly in the latter miles -- I was running solo.

Finally the end was near and while there wasn't much left.  However, with each step I got a little closer.  I was doing math in my head and at this point given my energy level, all I wanted to do was finish sub 1:55.




I finally made a short / sharp turn and crossed under the March Madness flags.



Conclusion


First the good: I ran a 1:53:54.  This was my best half marathon time for a non-short course (the race was 13.10 -- remember I accidentally paused my watch during the start) that I had run since 2016.  I was really excited about this.  While the last 3 - 4 miles were grueling, I had turned in a very good time.  




Now the bad:  Every age division -- except mine -- I would've place.  After reviewing the outcome, my age groups (50-54) was the toughest.  I would've needed another 4 minutes to win at least 3rd place.

After finishing I was totally spent.  I caught my breath and I felt just sick to my stomach.  The 10K and 5Ks were pretty much all gone and there were only a handful of runners hanging around.  I wound up making a dash to my car to get a Pepsi, which settled my stomach.





As usual, post race refreshments are better than your average race. They had fruit, milk and water but they also had pizza and cookies.  My stomach was definitely not having much of that  But I did grab a banana (which I barely could get down) and a chocolate milk for later.

Overall, for the price paid on the race, I was happy with my experience.  I enjoyed the course and the challenge and I turned in a half way decent time despite the high winds (which Garmin said were 20 miles per hour).  The mile markings lined up with my Garmin and there were 5 aid stations (I carried my own in 2 8 ounce flasks of Tailwind).

This bodes pretty good things for 2021 for me as I keep re-achieving times I previously ran half a decade ago.  After finishing and patting myself on the back, I was wondering, when is the next one?

Saturday, February 13, 2021

2021 Sweethearts 5K Race Recap - Bountiful, UT




Official Time: 24:10
Placement: 3rd in age group, 27th overall male
Results: Here
Race WebsiteHere
Weather: 39, 5 mph winds from the south (felt like from the north)
Garmin Dump: Here
Previous Years: [2020] [2019] [2018] [2016] [2015] [2014] [2013]


Mile TimeComments
17:31In control start -- slight downhill so I could gradually get into the race
27:58The grind starts here.  Slight uphill to get back to the start.
38:08Kept focusing here - get up the hill and then crush it to the finish
3.080:31
Total Miles: 3.08 - 24:11




Introduction


For the past half dozen years I've done the Sweethearts 5K race in Bountiful Utah.  It is a bit of February tradition for me on Valentine's Day weekend.

It is a very affordable race -- usually around $15 - $20 and close by.  I've run the course at least a dozen times by now so I know how it works.  Plus, you have the nice recreation center to stay warm in should there be bad climate weather.



The Race


I rolled into the race site at about 8:15 for a 9 AM start.  Packet pickup was a snap (as usual) and I had my shirt and swag bag in no time at all.

Last week's 5K I felt like I didn't do enough of a warm-up prior to the race.  I decided this race I was going to do a proper warm-up.  About 30 minutes before the race I did about 10 minutes of warm-up: leg swings, dynamic range motions, etc and then another 10 - 15 minutes of a gentle run followed by some strides up to 5K pace.  

I sauntered over to the starting line for the 9 AM start and was worried I'd cool down too quickly.  Fortunately, the race started on time and the staggered start happened pretty quickly -- I was off and running within about 15 seconds of the start.

It was rainy / chilly but not deathly cold.  I opted to go with a skull cap hat, long sleeved technical shirt, shorts and thin gloves.  I had worn a marathon jacket to warm up with and ditched it at the race start.  I had toyed with the idea of running with the jacket but I am so glad I lost it.

The first mile of the race is very fast.  It is a gentle downhill down a residential street.  You get to enjoy that downhill for about 1.25 miles.  If the entire race was like that I'd be thrilled.

I kept an eye on my watch but as usual, the first mile felt very easy.  I held back a little as my heart rate started to climb because I knew the second half of the race was the more challenging part.

I was excited to see a 7:30 flash on my Garmin after the first mile.

Things started to get real as I turned the corner and headed east.  I could feel the lactic acid building up and saw the next right turn at the top of a small hill.  Usually at this point reality sets in and I start to slow down.  I was continuing to pass people although and I was feeling better than I thought I would be at this point.

The second half of the race is mostly uphill (with the exception of the last third of a mile or so).  There is a decent climb from miles 2 to 2.5 where I usually hit the wall.  And you can see the hill the second you make the right turn.




I just focused on doing quick turnover for my feet, making sure my arms weren't swinging wildly (they tend to come up in the latter portions of the race).  Fortunately I had some company and people to work off of.  And the number of people passing me was fairly minimal.

I didn't catch the time on my Garmin when I hit mile 2 and I was trying to do math in my head as to what the split might be.  I was worried it was in the 8:15 / 8:30 range and my chances of getting a great time were ruined.

Mile 2 to 3 is where I really have to focus.  Fortunately, I had a guy next to me who was pushing the pace and trying to keep up with me.  Anytime either one of us accelerated, the other would counter.  My breathing though seemed to be more in control and if it wasn't for the gradual grind of the uphill, I think I would've had another gear to really push it.  I was being patient despite my pace on my Garmin showing I was running about 8:30.

When I got to the top of the hill, I had about .3 of a mile to go.  I really hunkered down at the that point.  The final stretch is a slight downhill followed by some flats.  I actually felt "fast" and my turnover increased.  I started to put some ground on the guy that I had been running with.  Unfortunately there wasn't anyone within eyesight to catch but that didn't stop me.  

I didn't even look at my watch as I rounded the final corner.  I had a feeling I was going to knock off maybe 10 - 15 seconds off of my 5K time but I looked up and saw 24:2X on the timing screen.  Then I remembered, I had a good 10 - 15 seconds delay before starting.

I passed under the finish line arches and stopped my Garmin to see a stunning 24:11 on it!





Conclusion


Wow what a finish.  I could've jumped for joy.  Looking back at my previous times on Athlinks, I haven't run this fast on legitimate course since 2016.  

I've had some good signs in my training that I was going to have a good race, but I didn't expect to make up this much time.  Last year, I ran the race in a sluggish 25:55.

I grabbed my medal and re-masked up after the race.  Instead of recovering, I wound up doing a slow shuffle back over to the starting line (about a quarter mile away) to collect my discarded marathon jacket.  I felt that good!  I still felt like I had quite a bit more energy to even go faster.




With Covid-19 restrictions in place, there was no award ceremony.  I think you have to go collect your medal at the recreation center.  I actually don't mind that as it allowed me to go home right away and not hang around in damp conditions.

There was water and bananas at the finish.  I wound up not socializing very much -- again Covid-19 stuff going on.

I can't say how ecstatic I am with my time.  The course, I think, measures up to 3.10 (I had another person's Garmin say it did).  But I am finally starting to see the benefits of doing the harder workouts: intervals, long runs, eating right and core workouts.  Hopefully this is a positive trend that will continue into 2021.

Saturday, February 6, 2021

2021 Run SLC 5K Race Recap - Salt Lake City, UT






Official Time: 24:52
Placement: 65th overall, 4th in the 50 - 54 age group.
Results: Here
Race WebsiteHere
Weather: 29F, 12 mph from the south east. 
Garmin Dump: Here
Previous Years: New to me


Mile TimeComments
17:48Strong start.
28:09Couldn't find my second gear here.  I think worrying about slipping was bothering me
38:14Surprised this mile was this slow. Not much room to close it at the finish.
3.090:39Final push to the finish
Total Miles: 3.09- 24:52





Introduction


A few months ago a friend asked me to run the SLC 5K with them.  Being February is a pretty slim month as far as races go, I readily agreed.  

My training of late has been focused on 5K / 10K efforts, so I had high hopes for this race.  It is put on by the local running store and they can be counted on to have a legit distance 5K as well as a super organized event (I wasn't disappointed here).  It was also my first time running this race.  Normally, it starts at the shoe store itself, but due to Covid-19 restrictions, they held the race at the historic Liberty Park a mile or two north of the store.

Also due to Covid-19 restrictions, the race was done with staggered start.  The lead back started at approximately 7:30 with me set to run at 7:40 AM.  

I was one of the first to roll into the site and snagged a great parking spot.  I wound up doing a pretty quick warm-up and some drills and the time from 7 AM until I started went quickly (in fact too quickly).




The Race

I lined up (socially distanced of course) with about 10 other people and we started off every 10 - 15 seconds.  We started off into the snow but they had a path cleared to the sidewalk, whereupon we were supposed to run 2 laps (and change) around the park.

During my warm-up, I had noticed that the sidewalk was pock marked with splotches of thin ice.  Some of it was worse than others, particularly under the tall trees that surround the park.  Only once or twice though I felt my foot slip and didn't see anyone take a spill, but still, the thought of slipping was in the back of my mind.


I started off pretty strong and I felt in control.  I kept reminding myself to save some wind for the second half of the race.  The first mile of a 5K is always the easiest -- except for the first quarter mile, as suddenly your heart rate spikes. But I didn't feel like I was running out of control.  

I had a hard time running the tangents on the course since the closer you were to the road, the icier it got.  They had salted some of it, but it clearly hadn't taken effect yet.  My pace seemed sort of uneven as I accelerated in the dry spots and braked a bit when I saw wet / ice on the sidewalk.




I think the course mile markers were slightly off.  I ran by the first mile marker in about 7:23.  My Garmin said I had run .97.  Either I was doing way better than I thought or my Garmin was rounding the corners too much.  I knew this course was going to be a legit 3.10 so I went with it....

Mile 2 things got more challenging.  It was a little tough to run by the starting line again and then another quarter mile down the stretch pass by the finish line.  Some of the super fast runners who had had a 10 minute head start on me were already finishing.  I was passing some of the later starters and working to keep up with those that had started with me.  I never felt hemmed in though and the staggered start -- even on a looped course -- was working.




I didn't really pay too much attention to my Garmin nor my pace when I ran by the mile 2 marker (I do seem to recall my watch saying 1.97).  Normally, mile 2 is the roughest and I have a final kick in mile 3.  I was working hard but again, every time I felt like I was increasing my pace I felt like I had to brake to avoid 


The final push was tricky.  Normally the last quarter mile I tend to give whatever I got left.  But on this race, the iciest part was the finish.  Also, you had to make a sharp left turn to cross under the inflatable arches.  They had salted down the turn but it was still slick looking.  Fortunately, after making the turn you had a very short sprint to the finish line.





Conclusion


So I ran a 24:52.  I had hopes of 24:3x or 24:4x but I think with the weather and not really doing a more thorough warm-up held me back.  These days, anything under 25 minutes I am happy with.  The course was fast despite the footing with minimal elevation changes.

I thoroughly enjoyed an in-person race where I could work on picking off other racers (although it was humiliating to be passed by people in the first wave on their second loop).  I half expected the extra competition would spur me to greatness.

With it being 29 degrees, I still ran in shorts and a double shirt.  I also wore heavy duty ski gloves, which kept my hands warm (I hate cold hands).  I made the right choice.  For a while I was debating on wearing a jacket and I am glad I went with what I did.



Post race snacks included beverages (water / Gatorade), bananas and granola bars.  I grabbed a quick banana.  I liked the medal and they gave you a free coffee mug as well.  No t-shirt on this one (you could buy one at packet pickup).

This is race #1 in a 3 part series.  They have a 10K and 15K as well.  I am already booked on the days of their other races but I wouldn't hesitate on doing this one again.  It was safe, well-organized and while the course was repetitious, it was a pretty day for a run.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

January Running 2021

 


Year to Date Miles: 141 (as of 1/29/2021)


Introduction


As usual, January is a pretty lean month as far as races go.  Normally, I do the St George Half Marathon, but it fell victim to Covid-19.  If one is willing to travel, there are races down in Arizona or Las Vegas, but those races have dwindled as well.

So that leaves a big empty Zero in my racing for the month.

However, thanks to https://www.runrocknrollvr.com/ I've found a bit of inspiration.

I've been done three virtual races so far this year.  Just a brief of description of them:

Rock 'n' Roll Virtual Race #1  - 5K - 24:50 (1/8/2021)

First race of the year.  My 5K times have been really improving and I was definitely excited to take this race on.  I use the same route for all my 5K time trials and this was my best 5K in a while.  Also, any time I can go under 25 minutes, I am thrilled.  Also of concern is that I am finding my Garmin is measuring long so my time could be even better.

Rock 'n' Roll Virtual Arizona Half Marathon - Half Marathon 1:57:55 (1/16/2021)

This race I started WAY too fast, nailing some 8:30 miles.  I went with the aggressive pace after I couldn't hold back for a few miles.  I wound up paying dearly for it on miles 8 - 13.  

If you look closely at the Garmin route though, you'll notice that the Garmin quit recording at about mile 9.  After the "race" I traced my route on MapMyRun and I wound up running 13.55 miles.  Translated, that means I ran a 1:53-half.  Bam! Definite improvement.

Rock 'n' Roll Virtual Race #3  - 7K - 35:10 (1/23/2021)

I don't think I had ever run a 7K before (at least not a race).  But I knocked this one out.  Truth be told though, I had an awesome tailwind for most of the run.  I definitely wasn't going to take this one on with a 15 - 20 mile headwind.  There was a point in my "running career" where I couldn't done this in under 30 minutes, but I felt pretty good about this run.  I also hit a 24:40 for a 5K...




Training Updates


I have been running about 30 to 40 miles a week.  Sometimes a little more, sometimes less.  My focus has been improving my speed for the upcoming 5K / 10K season.  In addition, I am trying to maintain my endurance so that I can participate in any half marathon that interests me.

That being said, I have gotten the bug to do a marathon again.  However, given that races are iffy at present and race directors come out and say "Hey, our race is happening" and then 2 weeks before the race they announce it gets canceled, I just don't want to put in the training / work and attempt to run a marathon virtually (yuck!).  I can do a run on my own but a full marathon-- no way.

That being said, my training usually involves some sort of time trial or virtual race on the weekend followed by a bit of easy or maintenance running.  Around midweek I do some sort of speed workout.  I have found the workouts on the Rock 'n Roll Virtual running site to be outstanding.  Also, I'll do some hill repeats.



Diet


My weight continues to be going down.  I am clocking in regularly at around 172 pounds.  A year ago, I was pushing 190.  Ditching the restaurant food and over-sized portions has helped a lot in me regaining my fitness.

My goal weight is somewhere around 170 - 175 pounds.  These last 5 pounds have been a bit more work to lose but I am pretty happy with where I am at.  

I still snack on some "bad for you" foods but for the most part I try to limit the bad stuff in favor of the good stuff.  I try to load up on vegetables and limit the sugar and chips.



I've also continued to ditch sugary snacks, like candy and cookies.  The discipline is paying off with faster times and comments saying how much better I look.



Upcoming Races


Not much upcoming for races.  The race directors, however, are starting to send out specials.  I'll see how many I decide to take advantage of and what the plan is for 2021.

02/06: 2021 Run SLC Race Series 5K - Salt Lake City, UT (Confirmed)
02/13: 2021 South Davis Recreation Center Sweethearts 5K - Bountiful, UT (Confirmed)
03/06: 2021 March Madness Half Marathon - Woods Cross, UT (Confirmed)
03/20: 2021 Lucky 13 10K - West Jordan, UT (Confirmed)
03/27: 2021 Riverton Half Marathon - Riverton, UT (Confirmed)
04/03: 2021 RUN SLC 15K - Salt Lake City, UT (Maybe)
04/10: 2021 Eggs Legs Race 10K - West Jordan, UT (Confirmed)
04/XX: 2021 Salt Lake City Half Marathon - Salt Lake City, UT (Confirmed) - Virtual
04/24: 2021 Recycle Run 5K - Bountiful, UT (Maybe)
05/08: 2021 May the Fourth 10K - Farmington, UT (Confirmed)
05/15: 2021 Ogden Half Marathon - Ogden, UT (Confirmed) -- Virtual
12/04: 2021 Laughlin Half Marathon - Laughlin, NV (Confirmed)
02/27: 2022 Las Vegas Half Marathon - Las Vegas (Confirmed)

Friday, January 1, 2021

2020 Year in Running



2020 Total Mileage: 1801




Year Summary:


All things considered, this wasn't too bad of a year for running.  I actually made some gains this year.  The last few years has seen my times actually go down.  This year, thanks to some focus and a semi-forced diet, I was able to dial in my calories, drop some of my bad habits and train harder.  

I didn't really do the last part until the fall.  The summer was absolutely brutal.  Aside from Covid-19, it was just HOT and there was a lot of political / social drama.  I had a hard time getting going and I usually just gutted through a few miles and called it a day.

Once the cooler temperatures arrived, I was able to run longer AND harder.  My times have definitely come down.

In some part, I have to give credit to Rock 'n Roll Virtual Club for giving me some workouts, challenges and virtual events to try my hand at.  Knowing I had a race or a workout that I had committed to, made a huge difference.  It was all free too.

I basically started the year running around 2 hour half marathons and 25:55 for a 5K.  At the end of the year:  1:53:55 for a half (on a flat course) and 24:45 for a 5K.



Racing Summary


Race Distance (Virtual races in parenthesis involving a 100% effort):

5K: 10 (3)
10K: 8 (1)
15K: 1 (0)
13.1 Miles: 3 (2)
26.2: 0

Utah was fairly open as far as racing went.  We had a regular season from the start of the year until mid March.  Then everything was shut down to at least the start of summer.  So I definitely missed out on a lot of races.  

The summer heat also prevented me from training at the half marathon distance so I didn't feel particularly comfortable racing at that distance.

Fortunately, I didn't have many "bad" races this year.  The most memorable 'bad" races are usually the longer ones (i.e. half marathon or marathon level runs).  Being I only had one, and I ran it pretty well, I can't recall too many "gosh I want to quit running" races this year.  

My virtual races were probably my best in terms of performance, which is surprising because I usually need people to work off of.  But the live in-person races I felt the best about were the Trick or Trot 5K and the Legacy Marathon 10K.

So far the race forecast for 2021 -- at least for the spring -- looks fairly bleak.  There are some races but definitely not as many.  And as I sit here in January, I am really wanting a in-person, live race.  It's been since late October since I had one and I'd love to have an honest to goodness course.





Goals for 2021


Right now I am really excited about my potential for 2021.  I am making gains, my weight is back down to a very manageable level and I've been watching training videos on YouTube.

So my goals for 2021 really are fairly simple:

1) Work on my speed.  Let's get my 5K down to something in the 23's.  That will mean continuing to stay lean, getting in a variety of speed workouts and staying injury free.

2)  Evaluate my desire to do a marathon.  After watching the finale of The Marathon Project, I found myself really inspired to try my hand at one again (I've done over 27 of them).  I definitely do NOT want to do a virtual one but a real, boutique-level marathon.  I suspect I am going to have to wait until the fall as I am already race-committed for the spring.  We'll make a judgement call on this sometime in the early summer.



In Conclusion


2020 was NOT a fun year.  There were lots of changes and it all seemed to happen in mid-March.  I went from one way of thinking and I figured 2020 would play out a certain way to completely having the rug pulled out from under me.  

There really weren't any epic destination races, no massive marathons or halves.  I found myself fairly isolated, working from home today and my social interactions reduced to a minimum.

But I made lemonade out of lemons.  

I quit eating junk.  I ran more often.  I picked up a dumbbell.  I started to relearn / listen again to training tips and incorporate them.  

And so I am grateful for the opportunity to improve upon myself.  I just hope I can continue the efforts in 2021.




Upcoming Races


Not much upcoming for races.  The race directors, however, are starting to send out specials.  I'll see how many I decide to take advantage of and what the plan is for 2021.

02/06: 2021 Run SLC Race Series 5K - Salt Lake City, UT (Confirmed)
02/13: 2021 South Davis Recreation Center Sweethearts 5K - Bountiful, UT (Confirmed)
03/06: 2021 March Madness Half Marathon - Woods Cross, UT (Confirmed)
03/20: 2021 Lucky 13 10K - West Jordan, UT (Confirmed)
04/03: 2021 Eggs Legs Race 10K - West Jordan, UT (Confirmed)
04/XX: 2021 Salt Lake City Half Marathon - Salt Lake City, UT (Confirmed) - Virtual
05/08: 2021 May the Fourth 10K - Farmington, UT (Confirmed)
05/15: 2021 Ogden Half Marathon - Ogden, UT (Confirmed) -- Virtual
11/??: 2021 Las Vegas Half Marathon - Las Vegas (Confirmed)
12/04: 2021 Laughlin Half Marathon - Laughlin, NV (Confirmed)