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Teton Dam Marathon Review

On the 2nd of June, I woke up at 4am to make a 3 hour drive to eastern Idaho for the Teton Dam Marathon. I did the 5K.

Did I mention I woke up at 4am to make a 3 hour drive. Yeah, not the best idea for legs to be in PR shape. My leggies were stiff and at 1100 more feet of elevation then at home, it was a slow trot for sure. No PR attempt this trot, that's for sure.

I woke up at 4am (my normal wake up time is 8am - 10am depending on the day) so that early is  painful. I had everything all packed and ready the evening before- brekky, post-race clothes, snacks, and a full tank of gas for the long drive. All I had to do was make coffee and head out. I didn't even brush my teeth before I left. Coffee first.

The drive was nice and not a lot of traffic for a Saturday morning. I don't know the last time I have been to Rexburg, but it was easy to find the race start. I thought the race started at 8am, but that was the 10K. The 5K started at 8:30am and I got there to get my bib at …

Rigby, Idaho Heart & Sole 5K

I wanted to get out of town for a little road trip and decided to sign up for the Heart and Sole 5K in Rigby, Idaho on April 29th. It was my first time doing this particular run, the 6th year that the town has put on this race, but sadly also the last. The race is done up by the Rotary club and they decided that they were going to do something new next year. A little sad because it was so well directed. The route was nice, a little cool pre-race but turned into perfect temps at the race start. The route felt safe and easy, no major traffic, and a nice little run around an empty lake.  A mile to the lake, a mile around, and a mile back.

Here are some pics of the route.

Towards the lake
The empty lake

Lake to the left, highway to the right
Lake campsites to the left, nice creek to the right
Main lake parking and picnic area

And then back to the start. Here's the finish.

I took lots of walk breaks during this trot because I have not been training, I'm fat and I was pretty dehydrated and very tired. The shin bone muscle was crampy and I didn't want to get to sweaty as we were planning on running around Idaho Falls and Pocatello for some shopping and dinner before heading home. This week I didn't get much sleep leading up to race day and Thursday and Friday I was helping a couple of people work, so that meant very long days out in the sun moving furniture. Without taking water breaks. Thursday night / Friday morning I got 3 hours of very fitful sleep. Friday night was 7 hours with a very early 5am wake up. Girlfriend here never does that so it was rough.

For the post-race, the raffle that they has was pretty awesome. They gave away I don't know how many prizes, lots of gift cards, some promo junk ( a calculator, water bottles, National Guard recruiting kits ) and some sweet goodies. There were 2 kids bikes, an Nike Apple watch, a couple of Smith sunglasses, some gift baskets, lots of bubbles and water balloons for the kids, among other things. Oh yeah, I even got a race medal and most races in bigger Boise don't do that at all! I'm quite sad if they don't do this run next year.


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