A few weeks ago my friend Jody invited me to come up to their city's Peach Days celebration and to run in the annual 10K. Mark was out of town at a trade show and I decided that this may be a fun little getaway that I was in need of. I got done teaching piano on Friday evening and made myself a huge club sandwich on ciabatta bread to eat in the car on my drive. Another friend had given me a baggie full of cherry tomatoes so I took those as well. Eating a sandwich with fresh garden tomato slices is way too messy so I loved that I could take a bite of my sandwich and then pop in a few cherry tomatoes instead to mush around in my mouth with the sandwich. Such deliciousness! I loaded up a cooler with a few other necessary food items and headed North for the 1 1/2 hour drive. (That actually turned into 2 hours because traffic on 1-15 was a nightmare.) I got there and enjoyed a relaxing evening visiting my friends and their daughter cortney and her friend. We went to bed kind of late and then got up early and ate breakfast. On race days my morning food consists of toast with peanut butter and banana on top. More deliciousness! We headed down to the hub of the city and got our bibs and took pictures. My friend Annaleesa gave me this way cool bright yellow shirt and I couldn't get the safety pins to go through the fabric, plus I didn't want to ruin my new shirt so I just put my bib on my shorts. Jody is a picture-taking nut like me so, of course, we had to have a little mini photo shoot before and after the race.
Garmin forerunner 305, something I desperately want! He loaned that to me because he didn't want to run with it in this race. For those who don't know what this is, it's a handy little satellite watch you wear while running that will tell you your speed, time and distance. About 15 years ago I ran a 10K in Provo and that took me 1:06:06. So for this race I was hoping to beat that by just a little. The race course was very hilly which was a bit challenging. Every hill we climbed just meant a nice big downhill afterwards though which was nice. I kept looking at that watch trying to stay ahead of that hour and 6 minute mark. At one point we ran right by the new Brigham City Temple which is so pretty and still under construction. After running down the main street for a little ways the rest of the course was all around neighborhoods in the city and made a big loop back to the main street where we ended at the starting point.
Doran is Jody's husband and he had finished in about 53 minutes so he came back and ran me in. He told me to put it into high gear and run hard to the end. So I did and was pretty excited to see that clock read 59:46. I went over to the drink table and got myself some water and gatorade and two giant peaches. I sat on the lawn and devoured them. Such a delicious treat after a morning run. Here we are all together after the race. Doran went back and got his wife and daughter as well. He's such a good guy. I keep telling him he should run a full marathon with all the extra running he does for everybody else.