I woke up this morning and found out that my uncle Stacy
passed away. He had been battling cancer for about a year and a half. He was a
great guy, and I loved him very much. Every time I talked to Stacy, he told me
to have more fun and enjoy life more. And I feel like I have really done that
since I graduated college. Iâ€™m really going to miss him, but Iâ€™m relieved that
heâ€™s not suffering anymore.
That being said, I wasnâ€™t really feeling pumped up about the
race this morning. I know that Stacy would think I was chickening out by not
doing it, so I decided to just do the best that I could today. Running has
always been my way to gain some perspective anyway.
I have never run a 10k before. After this race I have to say
- it is a hard distance. Iâ€™m definitely not used to running so fast for that
long. My goal was to run 5:54/mile with very even splits (that is what McMillan
calculator said I could run based on the Provo Half). I came in the first mile
at 6:00 and then hit a headwind and uphill for mile 2. My watch said 6:25, and
I really got discouraged. Mile 3 was nice with a little downhill, but when the
watch said 5:10 I realized that the mile markers were completely off. Quick
rant â€“ this is a major issue for me. Mile markers need to be a top priority for
race directors and misplaced ones can really make or break participants. If
they arenâ€™t going to be correct, there is no point in even putting them out on
the course! Anyway, miles 4 and 5 were pretty uneventful â€“ I was trying to
stick with Emily and was definitely feeling the pace at this point. She seemed
to slow a bit a mile 5 so I took over and just tried to push through. The last
1.2 seemed LONG. I finished in 37:10, so I was a little disappointed with my
time. I know that I ran hard and did the best that I could today. I honestly
thought there was a girl ahead of me for the entire race. I was surprised and
excited to find out that I had won!
Now Iâ€™m heading to Tennessee to see my family for the next
few days. Although it is only at 1000 ft or so, the temperature is going to be
in the mid-90s and humid! That will definitely be a shock for running. But Iâ€™m
excited to see everyone back home.