Lots of sleep yesterday and going to bed early helped! Just Lauren, Adam and I went this year. Crowd gets smaller every year and it makes me sad! I love this race!! Best honest 10k/5k course around and since I've done it every year since 2007, I guess it has just grown on me.
I ran with Daisy (poor Lucy is too old and broken to run! We take her on walks and she LOVES the trails, but 2 miles puts her in a lot of pain for a couple days...) and of course she refused to poop before, so I got to stop and pick up dog poo 1/2 mile in!! But, it did give me good motivation to get moving and catch back up to where I was. So maybe it wasn't so bad. Passed the last person I would at mile 2 and then never caught or got caught the rest of the race. I wish I knew my splits!! But, I didn't start my watch until I finished...classic. So, I only have my race official time. The uphill wasn't as hard as I remember (a good thing?) but man alive I'm slow and my endurance at speed is gone too. Maybe one day it will come back.
Lauren and Adam ran the 5K. Adam hasn't been running consistently like I had hoped he would continue through the summer, but still eeked out a 28:34 good enough at this race for 1st place in his AG 1-9. Lauren luckily motivated him and kept him moving when he slowed down and she finished just 2 seconds behind him (she hasn't run since Payson last year!) which was good enough for 3rd in her AG 16-19.
So I like to think we swept the field...1st 2nd and 3rd
We skipped the parade this year, but got a camping chair, t-shirts and socks and I won a nice running bag!! I got one maybe the 2nd or 3rd year I ran this race and I've used it and loved it since. I'm SO proud of my new one and that it says Payson Running and not Payson basketball! Afterward we grabbed some breakfast at Subway and went to see Rachelle's new baby!! Oh the sweet goodness of a perfect little baby!! Payson isn't Payson without seeing Rachelle and getting to meet her new arrival (less than 2 weeks old and barely 5 pounds!) was just the icing on the cake.
Running is good. Not because it is running...but because of the memories, efforts, improvements, motivation and friends I've discovered through running. Time to get back to y'all!