It was my turn tonight to run the cross country series (Andi and I are taking turns). I invited a friend of mine Dan Ham to drive up from Northridge to test his fitness on the course. Local friends Dawn and Bill Schnieder also ran tonight. It was the least windy night of the first three weeks in the series, but still warm (mid 80s). I remember commenting to Dawn that these were the best conditions we have had yet on a Thursday night. I ran a mile warm up before the races and was already sweating pretty good. Dan arrived and we ran the one mile race as a warm up together in around 7:15. Then we prepared for the 3 mile race. My instructions to Dan were to "not go out to fast for the first mile." So what did I do? I went out in 6:10, oops. That was 10 seconds faster than 2 weeks ago. After that I just decided to run hard to the top of the hill and then see what I had left in the tank. Well I had a little left and ran through 2 miles in 13:00, and finished in 19:42ish (no official results yet). So the last mile was 6:42. I am sure it was a personal course record for me though because my previous best was 19:57. I was 9th overall and I'm not sure about age group placing yet. Dan, Dawn, and Bill all ran well for their first time on the tough course. Zac Patten ran 19:53 with his shoes untied!
Two quick links that are a must read:
First, Ryan Fenton of Flotrack venting on the horrible coverage of the Prefontaine Classic.
Second, a great post by local Canyon Country HS grad and recent US 5k Champ, Lauren Fleshman. She has a cool post where multiple times per week she answers questions from fans and younger runners about anything running related. On July 1st she posted a great response to a question about Physical Therapy after her navicular fracture. Sounds like she had a great P.T.