Here goes the whole report:
Started out with a warm up around the course during the 3A girls' race, staying relaxed and feeling good to mostly thaw from the cold weather. Stretched, hopped around a bit, did some agilities around, stretched more, then just kept warm and ready for the race until the teams started getting up to the start line, then got up there and found that I had 3 other 'loner-box' friends. Got a good position in the box just by being assertive. Ha.
Got a great start! Not insane sprinting, but quick enough to get out and up front right away. Decided to just stick with the leading pack and see what happened, took a position on the inside next to Krystal and just stuck it there. Felt great, legs were just cruising and I got ahead on the uphills a couple of times.
Once we go into the second mile, Krystal started throwing in these surges to loose me, but I just stuck with her and eventually passed her up with a Timp girl barely ahead. Was still feeling great and strong on the whole 'back stretch' area, then it all kinda fell apart. As it was pretty dern cold out, my legs were cold the whole time, so I couldn't really tell how they were actually feeling. They 'felt good' but as I kept trying to stick on the lead pack as we got into the third mile, they wouldn't give me anything. Pretty frustrating. So I was sticking in fourth behind two Orem girls and the Timp girl, trying to surge to make up the gap, but not achieving much. The last 800m I was working so hard to pick up my pace as I got to the finish and I still got passed by two girls. Argh! Then as I ran the last 50m, I saw the seconds tick away as I missed breaking the school record by .9 sec. To top it all off, my bun fell out and I gouged my arm on a post during the race. Curses. (DST 256.9) (DD spike 31)
As with other races, I am trying to get what positive encouragement I can out of it. So far all I can think of is don't run in the cold, and beat them next time. Next time stuff includes getting more time in the weight room earlier in the season, not getting injured in the peak mileage weeks and (as always) working harder at practice!