Very, very hard run today. The kind you just have to grind out.
First, I ran at 4 pm as I had a cross country meet this morning with my girls team - more about that later. It was 92 degrees and windy with gusts up to 40 mph, a hot, dusty, desert wind coming from the South. There was never a point in the workout when I felt good or happy to be out there.
I had planned on a progression run with each mile faster than the previous mile. Here's what happened...
10.5 miles in 1:08:00 (6:29 pace)
7:34, 6:46, 6:31, 6:27, 6:23, 6:03, 6:05 (1.02 miles), 6:03, 6:49 (massive melt down), 6:13, 3:04 - all on the hilly Sugarhouse Park road loop.
All in all I am happy about the workout and from a purely masochistic standpoint I probably got something out of it.
Now, to the super fabulous Alta Hawks cross country girls who finished second overall at the Grass Relays in American Fork today. This is a unique race with each team's top five girls running a 2 mile relay leg. The two mile course includes a total of 28 hay bales that must be jumped including "the gauntlet" - a grouping of seven hay bales in succession. The Alta girls defeated the defending 3A state champs, Park City and the defending 5A state champs, American Fork. Only perennial national power Davis High School beat my girls. We were in 8th place after the first relay leg even though my #1 girl (Carolyn) ran our fastest time.I guess a lot of teams put their fastest runner on the first leg. The duel between Alta and Park City was especially thrilling. At one point the Miners had a 35 second lead on my girls. Celeste, running our #4 leg cut it to 15 seconds, and Sierra Murri, running our anchor leg, closed with the Park City girl and got her by about six seconds.
The meet typically draws 25 to 35 teams. I'll have to check the final results to see how many were there this year.
So congratulations to Carolyn Webber, Sierra Knapp, Tiffany Morris, Celeste Gutzman, and Sierra Murri.