Drop 13 Race Review and Recap



Saturday- Drop 13 Half marathon


I ended up not running Friday due to several comments saying they usually rest before race day. I felt good Saturday morning and my legs felt fresh, so I’m glad I tried it out.

Saturday started VERY early, 3:30am so we could get to the buses by 4am. The buses brought us up Big Cottonwood Canyon and the last bus was supposed to leave at 5am. Heather and I stayed in my car till we saw the last bus loading, but then it filled. There was another bus load of runners left, so another bus had to come back down the canyon(20 min drive) and take us up. I was so grateful because it was freezing up in the canyon and by the time we got up there we had 5 min still the start!

Thanks to the poll on Instagram, I wore my pink shirt and to show it I took a very classy bathroom pic!

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We stayed in the warm bus until the very start ha

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The Beginning: we got lost

Heather and I were both feeling good, but mentioned we probably should have gone to the porta potties before the start(we were too cold to wait in line). So off we went! I immediately needed to go the bathroom(womp womp) so I told Heather I was going to stop at the toilet at mile 2. We never communicated if she was going to wait or go on, so when I came out I just started running thinking I needed to catch up to her. Then I stopped thinking she might be behind me, but didn’t see her, so I started running again. I stopped a few more times thinking she might be behind, but I never found her=( After months of training together, we got separated at mile 2!

I was feeling good, so I just kept chuggin along at a 7:20 mile! Downhill is wonderful=) At mile 8 I felt the same feeling again, I HAD to go to the bathroom. There was a line so I wasted about 5 min? I would stop my Garmin so I could see how long I was actually running. At mile 10 I had to stop again and my stomach hurt so bad. My garmin said 1 hour 22 min and then it died.

At this point I felt so horrible and had no idea what my actual time was and if I was going to get under a 1:50 finish. I just kept telling myself that “I can do hard things” and following the lines on the road. I came to the finish and saw Heather immediately and then saw a giant 1:53 on the clock. I was sooo disappointed. I wanted to PR so bad! Heather rocked it and got an 8 min PR and finished in 1:44.

At the finish, ya we’re cool like that=)

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I’m pretty bummed, but I need to remember there’s always another race. I’m so grateful I have a healthy body that allows me to run. The scenery was incredible, definitely one of my favorite courses. I was really glad I wore my Pro Compression socks, my legs felt great the whole run.

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Race Review: Drop 13

The Drop 13 race is fairly new. It’s only been available for I think 2 years now?

The Pros

  • The volunteers were so helpful and knowledgeable
  • the course is gorgeous
  • the start time was great, it was early(6am) but it meant were weren’t dying of heat
  • very well organized
  • the food at the finish was pretty good(bananas, oranges, pb&j’s, water, ice cream
  • the shirts are really cute, and actually women sizes
  • Medals are fun=)
  • right when you finish, you can print out your results and where you placed
  • The aid stations were every 2 miles, provided water and gatorade and gu’s
  • The course was well marked and exact miles

The cool medal, and my semi-sad face ha

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The Cons

  • They advertised pictures, but I didn’t see any photographers along the course, I could be wrong. I’ll update you if I get any
  • the swag was non-existant(besides a shirt and medal)
  • you had to run down stairs at about mile 11.5….after you just ran downhill for 11.5 miles. It was a cruel joke ha

How was your weekend?Any exciting news to share?


**I was compensated with a discounted race entry in exchange of an honest review. My opinions are my own**




About Sugar Plum Runner

Welcome to the Sugar Plum Runner! I grew up in WA state, but currently reside in UT with my husband Josh, son Jackson, and 2 daughters Lily and Claire. I love running, but I have never been so inspired to run, race, and blog about it since 4 years ago after I had Jackson. I grew up playing soccer and cheered in high school. My favorite part of both sports(and yes I consider cheer leading a sport) was the conditioning. I found myself running after practice was over on my own. That's when I realized that running may be the sport I really loved.
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7 Responses to Drop 13 Race Review and Recap

  1. absgoldberg says:

    That really sucks about missing the PR but considering those bathroom breaks your body is definitely capable of it! It’s still an incredible time if you ask me but I can’t wait to hear about the next half you do, I’m sure you will kill it even more!

  2. 7:20 mile! HOLY COW! You were flying! That sounds like one I need to put on my bucket list!

    Good job on the race anyway! I can’t imagine having to run with stomach issues, and you STILL beasted it! Your “disappointment” time is my PR, so way to rock it!

  3. Way to go on your time! Sorry about the non-PR – I know that feeling (don’t we all?) but seems like a pretty good race and a fun time.

  4. Love the Pro Compression sleeves you are wearing! I have the sock versions in several colors.

    Anyway, you did fantastic! Don’t fret too much about not PR-ing…you definitely will in the near future. I got my half PR (1:45)…when I was not really even expecting it. I just ran by feel and enjoyed every moment.

  5. Bathroom issues are the WORST in a race. You’ll just have to do another one soon! How do your quads feel after 13 miles of downhill?

  6. Holy moley you are one speedy lady!!! Sorry about not getting a PR but I still think you rocked it šŸ™‚

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