While Marci was here visiting, we ran the Highway to Hale race, sponsored by the Hale Center Theater in Orem. We did the 5K at this race last year, and it was pretty fun, but this year we decided to do the 10K. We just thought it would be nice to see the other course they offer (and thereby avoid the horrid hill that is the last mile of the 5K course). So on Friday, after our day-long nightmarish bout with food poisoning, we went to bed, hoping that we would feel better by morning. And we did! So we had as much breakfast and water as seemed wise and made it through the race. It wasn't our best race ever, having eaten very little the day before, and as we were still more or less recovering. I even walked a handful of times, which is something I never do in a race (my pride wanted to shout "I had food poisoning yesterday!" as people ran past me). I probably pushed myself a little too hard when it came to running, which caused me to have more walking periods, but I go into this race mode where it's hard for me to run slower than I would like/can, especially when my little GPS watch is telling me my pace. So I felt a little breathless and low on energy at times, but we had a good time, and we prevailed! We reclaimed our stomachs and finished the race. I still placed third in my age group, 17th overall, and had a pretty decent time (44:38, 7:29/mile, though it was just under an actual 10K at about 6 miles even), so I wasn't too disappointed. (Julie, meanwhile, had a great run at a nice, steady pace.) We decided to forego the suggestion to run in costumes since it was a longer race, though I decided to wear all black and be a running ninja. We were SO happy to be feeling better, seriously, we were just glad to finish and be well and hungry again.
|They just gave medals to the first place in each age group. I was actually third but the top 2 were overall winners, so I won first by default. I'll take it!|
|Go Wife! You look so tiny in the distance! You're almost there!|
|(I ran back to find Julie but by the time I doubled around and cut some corners she was far ahead of me and I couldn't catch up with her by the finish.)|
|Go Amber! And random stranger!|
|Waiting for the awards. It was pretty cold after all.|
|Woot! I wasn't expecting that.|
And just like that, three blogposts in one week. We shall see what other blog-worthy wonders November will bring!