Hardish 12 miles on the treadmill at the Provo 24 Hr. Fitness between the 3200 and the 800. Raining hard so I wimped out. Plus I needed the softer surface of the treadmill. Kept it at 6:20 pace for several miles and it felt pretty good.
Long, tiring day. My kids - Sarah, Davis, and Blake all ran WITH GREAT COURAGE today which is really all I can hope for. It's been an honor to coach them...
Also had some great conversations throughout the day. One long one with Timo Mostert, American Fork's coach, a true gentleman, and professional. My main career goal at this point is to put together a couple more Alta cross country teams that might at least force a team like AF to notice us. Also with Conner Mantz and the whole Mantz family who are just all great people despite the fact that Conner shunned my Furman Paladins for that school down South. I just love watching that kid race - win or lose, he always brings it! So basically I was just hoping all the excellence we have around here would rub off on me.
Oh yeah...Bill Cobler, the coach at East. Nobody devotes more time, energy, and effort to his coaching and he never fails to produce tough, gritty competitors who approach running and racing the right way. I sometimes have a hard time giving Bill the credit he deserves because I've spent so much time hating him in races from 5ks to marathons over the years.
And, yes, there is a right way (and a wrong way) to do this sport.