This race may have been just what I needed. I didn't even know about it until Thursday when I ran into Demetrio and Carol Cabanillas out at Sugarhouse Park at cross country practice. Demetrio encouraged me to run so I had to say yes.
The course is a rarity in Utah - pancake flat the entire way with the start and finish in Liberty Park. I showed up at 7:00 to pick up my packet and saw lots of the familiar USATF circuit fast guys plus Dennis S. jogging around. Turns out Dennis wasn't racing, just taking pictures of his wife who was.
I had no Masters competition and finished seventh overall. I think the second master was six and a half minutes behind me. I ran relaxed and comfortable the whole way - no suffering whatsoever. Wasn't aware of what I was running since I didn't wear a watch and they weren't reading split times at all.
I was pretty pleased at how I felt with no faster running for several months.Nice to pick up $75.00 for the masters win.
Abby and Andy both ran the kids mile. Abby finished first overall and won $10.00 and a Razor scooter. I told her she had to give me the money or I would report her to the NCAA and she would forfeit her college eligability. Andy got a medal and a gift card to Chuck-A-Rama, a place I've never been to but will now have to.
So all in all, a successful return to racing. We'll see if it leads anywhere.
Icing my achy heel now. Not too bad but I should be careful. Probably will cross train on the bike later.