I was in Huntsville with my family celebrating the 4th of July. My mom signed me up for the 10k and told me I should win it. I haven't any real speed work since March so all I wanted to do was make a good workout out of it and not be trashed after wards. This 5k, 10k, and 1 mile run is now a memorial run for Rob Burton. He was a good family friend of ours when we lived up there. He was recently killed in a car accident just a few months ago so it was nice to support the family by running this. I saw a ton of old friends and neighbors which made it fun. It was a fun event because everyone in my family did one of the races. I ran 4 miles before the race to get loosened up.
My goal was just to hit 6:00/mile for the race and not get to crazy. My legs were still a little sore from Saturday's run so I wasn't expecting much. I was tying my shoes and someone whistled to start the race. I hurried to finish tying my shoes and got going. Their was a group of 4 who took off. It was two high school kids and then another guy who I did not recognize but seemed fairly fast. I just settled in and let them do all of the work. At mile 2, I sat right behind the 2nd place guy and then moved around him. The 1st place kid kept looking back and saw me catching up to him. He looked about 6 or 7 times. I caught up to him and he said he has had hamstring problems the last couple weeks. Two no-nos! Don't ever look back and don't ever tell someone during a race you are hurt. I pushed the pace for the next little bit and then just relaxed for the rest of the race. The course measured long and I hit my goal of beating the 6:00/mile guy. Fun race to do but I could tell I haven't done much speed lately. Oh well! I am enjoying the trails more.
I cooled down back over to my grandparent's house to get 12 total for the day.