I didn’t really race this week. I held back for the upcoming Santa Clarita Independence day 5K on Saturday. I ran the 1 mile in 9:07 (I think) and spent the latter part encouraging a couple of my newer runners to a strong finish. I also ran along with a lady named Suzanne. It used to be Suzanne Beech but I am sure it is something else now. She used to play 3rd base on a softball team I managed for several years in the late 80s. I am not sure she recognized/remembered me….
I lined up for the 3, near the back of the pack and happened to be next to George – one of the Tuesday night HDR runners. I asked him what he did last week and he said 28:30something. I asked him if he was going to try to beat it and he didn’t seem too convinced… I did notice that, in the beginning George ran out ahead of me. I ran with Johnny Johnstone for awhile. Then I saw and ran with Andy Helme just a bit. On the 1.5 to 2 mile back stretch I noticed George out ahead of me and that he had a good pace set up to break 28 if he did not slow down. So I surged just a little and caught him right after the bridge. I ran along and said, “Here we go George. I’ll break the wind for you!” George ran with me the rest of the way. I paced him through the first part of the last loop and up and over the hills. Then I let him race it in. He finished around 26:38. Good job George!
As for my kids. My top 12 yr old girl Cindy won the 12 and under division and my #2 boy won as well. (The #1 boy was not there.) The #2 boy, Alex had a time of 22:53 – better than my time from last week!
Our Vanessa Lopez won all females in a new course record time. 21 something…. She is going to be awesome. She will be giving Cayley Choate and Jessica Smith some competition for #1 Highland runner next year. Highland’s girls will be strong with the 3 of them and Brenna Hess, Rachel Cortina, Annie Radigan (new this year) and whoever else they have. These girls (except Vanessa – all ran for me at Hillview.)