Hope everyone had a wonderful Father's Day weekend and start to your week. I had my parents and aunt in town, and we had a wonderfully relaxing weekend.
On Saturday, my dad, aunt and I ran in the Steamboat Classic 4 miler. (Poor G is still injured, so he had to watch from the sidelines with my mom). It is apparently known as the "World's fastest 4 miles." There is also a 15k race known as "Illinois toughest 15k," so I definitely feel good about my choice to do the 4 miler.
What's really cool about this race, is that elite athletes travel from all over the country to set PRs. The winner did it in 18:08, and I was ummm.....right behind him.
The weather was beyond perfect. It was about 60 degrees and partly cloudy when it all started at 7:00. The start was very crowded, so I can't imagine being packed in like sardines on an 80 degree day.
I ran with Liz and Kay Lynn, some family from George's side. We did a few Saturday runs on the trail near my house to train. It's awesome to have some running companions to talk to. (When I run with Gracie, she's usually too interested in the wildlife to talk much. :D)
Like I said earlier, the start was very crowded and kind of frustrating. I felt like I was bobbing and weaving for the first mile and a half. Thankfully, Liz was a pro at darting through the crowd, and I just followed her.
I knew that this race definitely wasn't going to be a PR for me, but that's ok. My main goal was to go out there and enjoy running a shorter distance race. The course was flat, and the last quarter mile was downhill, so I'm pretty sure I was running with a smile on my face. My official time was 36:10.
As much as I'd like to get back into running longer distances, I'm not sure that I have the time or the motivation. Maybe I'll do a half in the fall, but just doing small 5ks here and there is just fine with me.
My furry running partner would also probably agree that shorter distances are a little more fun right now. :)
That's all I have for today.
Do any of you have any races coming up?
Which distance do you prefer?