A couple weeks ago was the annual Strawberry Days extravaganza in downtown Pleasant Grove. We had a great turnout again this year, and it was a record-breaking run for almost all of us! I had a new PR (almost five minutes faster than last year) and so did Jonny and Julie. One day I really do have a goal to keep up with Jonny, though that would be quite an achievement (19:40 there... uh, yeah). As it was, my goal was to do under 8-minute miles, and I was amazed to see I achieved it, and then some (I think running on the treadmill, as I have done all winter, makes me underestimate how fast I can run on the road if I really want to). I realize looking back that Strawberry Days 2008 was my first ever official 5K, and I have done several since then, and my time has largely improved. It's exciting to see such progress! The weather was nice and cool, the route was even and fun, and believe it or not, I placed 7th in my age group! Top 10!!! Also, the shirts this year were really pretty great, and the spread of bread and fruit (including the traditional strawberries) at the finish line were quite refreshing as well.
We missed Amber this year, but we were glad to welcome Jonny's sister Rudi, my lovely fiancée Julie, and of course Gabe.
Check out Melody's blog for another great post on the epic Strawberry Days 5K.