Such races are also the opportunity to meet with my original running community, friends and be joined by family members too. Indeed, Agnès and the boys ran a few of these races with me. With Max at Yale, Alex focusing on rowing this season (and College applications) and Agnès who underwent total hip replacement last Wednesday (to hopefully get back to some running in one year!), it was Greg's turn to enroll in the 5K.
2 weeks after my great performance at Rio del Lago 100-mile, and one week before trying to improve my PR on the half-marathon in San Jose, I did not have precise expectations for this year's 10K. When Race Director Aaron called the fastest runners to get at the front of the pack to get prepared, he called for 6 min/mile runners and my neighbor, Magnus Wiklund asked "what about the 5 min/mile runners?" Not knowing him I thought that was going to be quite a fast and competitive edition, especially as he told me he was 43 and that Jose Pina just turned 40 this year. However, I was surprised to see Jose not only wearing a warm cotton t-shirt but standing on the other side of the starting corral then indicating to me he was not running. Not seeing a Kenyan or Ethiopian runner among ourselves, I thought I had a chance to place again.
My running buddy Bob was here as I suggested that would be a good tune-up for our upcoming San Jose Rock'n'Roll half-marathon next weekend. He was already sweating after what appeared to be an active warm-up, as the temperature was still below 70F. Anyway, Aaron send us off and we did start quite fast as my Garmin 205 indicated 4:56 at the first turn, phew! The usual suspects were just behind with a surprise, a tall and slim woman who, as I discovered at the finish line, is one of the top American elite on marathon this year, Brooke Wells.
in the results (time of 34:25). Not my fastest time on 10K (my 6th best out of 33 10K races), but good enough for first overall, my second overall win here and my second... Xbox! Greg did not push nearly as much this morning as I did but was thrilled to get such an upgraded game station, not as much as Agnès upon our return home (although she had a good laugh about the story).
my Picasa album. Anita Yee has also covered the event with very nice pictures. And the organizers will publish pictures too on the race photo album (soon).
I continued the day with our South Bay running communities to celebrate Tom Kaisersatt's life with a very special picnic, as Tom left us a couple of weeks ago. Check this other story out, it was a busy weekend, ending up in two blog posts for the same weekend.
Was good to see all of you out there to have fun while supporting the Stevens Creek Trails. A special thank you to the generous sponsors and the many volunteers and Friends of the Stevens Creek Trail which made this event possible and work so hard to build trail extensions so we can one day run from the top of Black Mountain (2,800 feet) to Shoreline and Palo Alto Baylands (sea level) without crossing any car traffic. Or the other way for the most courageous and other crazy ultra runners...