This run had been in the works for a while now. The plan was to run counter-clock wise around Pineview then up the Ogden course a bit to make it 20 instead of just the 15 around the lake. Miles 6-18 on the course (approx). Amy and Jerry haven't done Ogden before so it was a good preview of the hardest parts for them.
We all met at Chad's house and Dave drove with his bike rack on the back for Jerry to bring his bike. He is still struggling with his injury. It is nice to have him on bike support for our long runs though. We've decided we all need to take turns on the injury wagon to pull support :)
Marci met us up there and Kim and Scott drove separately. Marci and I were just cruising and enjoying the chat, Scott had some tempo miles planned and Kim was just kickin' it and then the speedies (Amy, Chad and Dave) pulled the front. Jerry would go back and forth making sure all of us were happy and taken care of and to take pictures.
I wasn't going to do the out and back, but I guilted into it. I was ready to turn around and then noticed we were only .3 away from the turn around...fine. Marci and I were regretting it at mile 16 when we knew we could've been done!
Around mile 13-14 the leaders of the Striders half started passing us. We jumped onto the race course (but to the side) so we didn't confuse drivers with runners on both sides of the road. Hopefully we gave some of those guys a push thinking they were reeling in someone...ha! okay, they could probably tell we were super slow compared to anyone leading a race, but still.
We stopped at the corner in Eden and waited to see the first 3 females come in and many other guys we knew. I love cheering at races! Then we took on the last hill of the course and our finishing push to 20 miles. Chad and Dave took off and I just hung back and enjoyed Marci's company :) The last mile we decided to push it as hard as we could. I hit a 7:26. I was impressed with my effort despite the miles, I guess I do have a little speed in these legs...but it was still a downhill mile!
We took pictures, jumped in the party van and headed home. 6-7 hours for a 20 mile run, but it was somewhat Ragnar-esque. We all got our 20 miles in and a good chat/bonding time in the stinky van, plus it didn't cost $300 and 4 days of our lives!! :)
AP: 8:12 splits: 8:35, 8:16, 8:14, 8:04, 7:58, 7:54, 8:22, 8:40, 8:07, 8:06, 8:03, 8:09, 8:18, 8:00, 8:06, 8:19, 8:40, 8:17, 8:22, 7:26 TT: 2:43:56