What a fun party! Seiously I just wanted to spend Labor Day morning with my FRB friends; running this thing was secondary. Hubby drove me down to Payson dark and early. He was asking about who would be there. While talking about Kelly(soon to be A) and JonA being there and this is kinda "engagement party" for them; lo-n-behold, the two love birds merged onto the freeway in Orem at that very moment. We made it to Marion's darling "cottage" home with MichelleL greeting us around 6:20ish.
Here are the party-goers: Jon & KellyA, Kelli & Scott, Kellie & TylerS, Walter, RAD, LuzyLew, McKenzie, MichelleL and her office helper & daughter, Marion; and of course the athletic supporters (aka spouses) and darling children (forgive me if I forget anyone).
Enthusiastically we walked to the City Center in two waves to pick up packets. It's a good thing most of the girls wore the RHPC shirts; that's how I could spot them in case I got lost in the crowd which wasn't too big; but nice size for a hometown race on a holiday.
It was so so so so fun chatting with everyone at the start. McKenzie, Walter, RAD were the front leaders, Luz and I lined up behind JonA and Scott while Kelli and Kellie hung at the back. I didn't want to get too far behind for fear that I would get lost. Have I ever mentioned that I'm severely directionally challenged and got lost in a 5K once? OK enough chattering; now onto the race:
I told Luz I would be happy to run in the 9's today (making it a recovery run from the SF1/2 on Sat.) We started out together and within a few hundred yards, Luz pulled away. It was so awesome to have the 5Kers' cheering send off, mainly Marion and MichelleL. Soon Kellie and Kelli passed me asking if I wanted a little spank or love pat. I said yes but they never did and off they went into the horizon. I chugged along and feeling pretty good. I was surprised to see my pace in the 8's and wondered how long would the legs last. Passed a girl kicking her soccer ball while running. KellyA biked back to check on me. Mile 1-3 splits: 8:23, 8:22, 8:25.
I grabbed a drink at the aid station walking. I had been following two guys the first 3 miles. Decided I'm going to take them after turning north and chicked/pinked as many guys and girls the next two miles. Turning east, the sun was in my eyes. I didn't wear my hat or sunglasses. The runners were a little strung out at this point. I was afraid to loose sight of them so I concentrated on closing the gaps. Passed two girls in tank tops, one guy w/ long sleeve shirt, a girl with "Young Living" shirt and the guy from Equador (he asked me where I was from and I returned the question). Mile 4-5 splits: 7:57, 8:35 (slight incline). Took another drink while walking thru the aid station.
The time spotter yelled out "right on 42" when I and the guy in yellow long sleeve shirt passed the last mile marker. I knew then it's impossible to finish under 50. I found another gear even though the quads started to burn just to get it over with so I can get onto the party, the real reason I came. I ran that mile in 8:12. KellyA was a welcoming sight on her bike for the last stretch. Thanks KellyA for riding along side and giving me the headsup on where to turn so I could kick it in. I "sprinted" to the finish under the roaring cheer of Marion & Co. The last 0.23 mile came in @7:41.
We cheered the loudest for the most AWESOMEST MicelleL as she sprinted in smiling!
Everyone in our party did AWESOME today, all brought home hardwares. RAD & I hung around for the raffle. RAD with her tallness & basketball prowlness caught two prizes in the air. Once again I did not win a thing. But the silver dollar 1st AG award was well worth the $17 entry fee.
We went back to Marion's gingerbread home and had the most yummy scrumptious syrup and all the fixings that goes with it. Luz's egg dish was the hit!!!!
THANKS EVERYONE FOR SUCH A FABULOUS LABOR DAY PARTY!!!! Hope I didn't make those of you missing this party jealous!
These are the only pics. Hubby took more "movie" mode.
Little David & Nathan were so proud of their mommy!