Bloomsday is my favorite annual race. It's a big-party-of-a-road-race that's hilly enough to make it a pain in the ass to keep it in a top gear. This year was my seventh time running it. It was the very first race I ran when I began my running career back in 2007.
When Annie and I moved to Salt Lake City in 2014, we both agreed that this was an event worth coming back for each year. Sure we have friends in Washington that we get to see too...but they all know that Bloomsday is the real reason we come back. :)
Early in the year I had big plans to PR Bloomsday, but those plans fizzled away pretty quickly when I wasn't getting in the miles I had hoped to. But Bloomsday has a way of being a blast even when a PR chance is off the table.
I started the race with a few fellow Beer Chasers: Graham, Buzz, Dan F, and the legend Doug J. From the gun, Graham and Buzz shot out like rockets, and I tried to keep up with Buzz for a couple miles, but then my legs reminded me it wasn't a PR day. I held on through the heat and hills expecting Dan and Doug to pass me on the homestretch. It's always more nerve-racking racing with friends because yearly Bloomsday bragging rights is a serious business.
I crossed the finish line in 46:56, two minutes off my PR.
Bloomsday has been offering race photos for free the last few years. They put on such a user-friendly event. I can't recommend this race enough.
Here are some 2016 action shots!
Next up are a couple local trails races and then (gulp) the birth of our first kid.