Yesterday, I ran a 10k just for fun. I think I'll need to run one or two more races before the marathon just to keep up motivation and have a little bit of fun. This race was challenging! It was 6.2 miles alongside Mt.Timpanogos, lots of hills on a dirt trail with loose gravel. It's great fun to push myself so that part was perfect! But the race was so poorly organized that I don't see myself running it again. First of all, there was a 5k, 10k, and 10k relay. The relay teams were all confused about where they would trade off at. There was only one start time for both the 5k and 10k, even though we started 1/4 mile apart. We heard the gun go off over at the 5k start and the volunteer was like, "Oh...um, go!" "What?!" See what I mean? So confusing. And to top it off, there was absolutely no water along the course. Just seemed crazy to me. The awards were only 2 deep, in 4 categories- 1st and 2nd men over/under 40 and 1st and 2nd women over/under 40. When I told Will all about it, he was like, "It's probably just their first race." But this was their 3rd year! Poorly organized races definitely make you appreciate the ones that are well organized. All that being said, at least they gave out nice t-shirts. Ha ha! (Update 10/13/09: Come to find out I actually won this race in the under 40 female division! They finally posted the results today and there I was, in first place. I didn't know it though because they actually gave my prize to someone else. Oh man...)
Here's a pic of the elevation changes in that race. Hills galore!
And a pic of the view of Mount Timpanogos temple from the finish.
On to Week 5!