I was up in Logan spending the 4th with the in-laws so I decided to do this race. I am really glad that I did this run. It was nice to gauge where my training is at. I got up to the starting line and warmed up for 1/2 a mile. I met up with Jon, Cody, and James and talked with them for a little bit. It was nice to finally meet these guys. I am going to have to go up to Logan and run with them on occasion. I got to the starting line and looked around to see who was there. I didn't recognize to many people but their were quite a few Mountain Crest High cross country runners. I was shooting for under 52 minutes and was excited to get started. Here are the splits and the way the race went:
1- 5:31 - Ran with James and was getting the legs loosened up. Saw Carson Campbell (former USU runner) and Josh Steffen taking off. Wanted to hold back thinking I might catch up with them.
2- 5:41- Still running with James and getting cut off by Mountain Crest runners. Little punks!
3- 5:39- Wasn't with James anymore but moved out with one of the Mountain Crest runners (Neal Ferrin).
4- 5:38- Still with Neal and just chatting a little bit to kill the time. Sitting in 3rd/4th place right now.
5- 5:26- Same as Mile 4.
6- 5:21- Pushed the pace a little bit more and still chatting away. Leaders are still way out in front.
7- 5:26- Saw Carson slow up at the bottom of the hill. Carson was at the top and Neal and I were half way up. I knew that we were going to catch him.
8- 5:27- Caught up with Carson and left Neal behind. I told him to come with for the last little bit but he ran out of gas. Neal is a great runner and will have a great cross country season. I am glad to see the road start going a little down hill.
9- 5:12- Was really pushing it now and not wanting anyone to catch me.
9.3- 1:46- I was happy to see the finish line. I felt great!
I was really happy about the race. Overall pace was 5:30/mile. The weather was perfect and it was a perfect day for a run. I got a plate with leaves on it and a ribbon for coming in 2nd. Josh Steffen came in 1st place. My wife will be happy with the plate. If anyone is curious, it is a Rasmussen! Jon, Cody, and James ran a great race and had awesome times. We did 2.5 miles to cool down afterwards. Congrats to them and all who ran today.