Nike Southwest Regionals (NXR) was Emma’s last race of the season, and we couldn't be prouder of how she finished her 2021 XC season. She was 47th out of 181 in the coveted championship race, 2nd for her team, and finished the race in 18:39 on a hot, dusty course after battling a week of being congested. While her time is impressive, what is even more impressive is the fact that she ran the 5K on a crappy course that ended up being longer than an official 5K (3.10 miles). Many logged it as over 3.20 miles which means that her true 5K time was about 30 seconds faster. Some overhead several of the Nike officials talking about how they really messed it up this year. Well isn't that nice...looks like we may be looking at Footlocker for next year's regional race. On a positive note, the Pine Creek girls team placed 9th out of the top 22 teams from Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. The girls decided to race as a team this year and to just have fun and that is exactly what they did. It was fun to watch them run out to the starting line as a team holding the flag with their team's name written on it. This truly was a great way to end an awesome season.
Mike and I were able to sneak away for a few days while my parents watched the kids so that Mike could attend a Thyroid conference. We stayed at the Marriot Resort Tempe at the Buttes. It was a gorgeous little resort at the top of a majestic hillside with breathtaking views of the desert. The resort had amazing pools and waterfalls. During the day while Mike was at his conference I enjoyed sleeping in, running at sea level, ordering room service, sitting by the pool, getting a massage, and getting my nails done. We were able to meet for lunch every day, which was nice. On Friday night we met up with our good friends from BYU. Kelvin and Susie Ning took us to a fantastic Japanese restaurant in downtown Phoenix and then we came back to our hotel for desert. It was so fun to catch up with them. On Saturday night we headed into old town Phoenix and ate at Citizen Public House.The food was so ridiculously good. We enjoyed walking around Old Town before heading back to our hotel. On our last day in Phoenix, we were able to enjoy spending the entire day together since Mike’s conference was finished. We spent the morning hiking at Camelback Mountain. We started up the Cholla Trailhead to the summit and then went down the Echo Canyon side. This hike was relatively easy for us since we were used to hiking at elevation. The hike was rated Extremely Difficult for steep elevation gains, very uneven terrain, and unprotected from the elements. Lucky for us it was a nice day and not too hot. The views at the top were amazing. Later that night we got to spend some more time with Kelvin and Susie while eating dinner at her parents house. It was the perfect way to end our quick getaway to a warmer climate.