It was 42 degrees and raining with some wind today. Not exactly ideal conditions for a 10K. It was raining pretty hard at 6:30 and I was wondering whether I should run to the race start as I had planned or drive down. I was talking to Sue about it and she said "Don't be a pansy.....you ran a marathon in a blizzard in Moab". Well that's all it took. I ran the 5 miles to the race start and did the first 4 all under 7:00 because I got a late start out the door. I was pretty soaked when I arrived at the start but luckily I only had about 10 minutes until race time so I did not get too cold.
This 10K has a lot of hills and we were against the wind until almost mile 3. I kept a pretty good pace and was within 25 seconds of Kory at the turn on Barton Rd when he just took off trying to catch the leaders. I ran a 6:13 the 3rd mile and he gapped me something fierce. The last mile and a half is a steady uphill back to the hospital and I finished in a 40:23. There were over 500 runners between the 5K and 10K today...even with the bad weather. They had a fantastic turnout.
Kory and I ran together for 2.7 miles on the way home in an easy pace and we talked the whole way. I finished the day at just over 16 miles and I am now over 2000 for the year. I did not break 2000 last year until......are you ready for this.....December 16th!!!
Utah Valley marathon in 7 days........