Justin and I ran the Cause and Event races today to support our friend Erik who was the major sponsor (Thrivent Financial). He and I warmed up 2.5 miles to try to figure out the course a bit.
The gun went off for the 9/11K (5 minutes before the 5k, on the same out and back section of the course!). Erik was immediately out in the lead and Tom Lloyd and I trailed. I kept him in sight for about a mile then he just took off. I really only looked at the first few miles on the watch (5:42, 5:50, 5:58) then I hit the slower crowds on the trail and they would not move over. Next few miles started to slow and I was in a solid second place with no chance to move up or down. Legs were feeling it from lack of training, so I just kept steady. The 10K course was a mess with several 180's and lots of turns which confused many people, some of whom cut the course. Plus, the change in the course in the last week due to flooding made the course long (6.6 miles). I ran a 39:43 for the distance and felt ok. The results were all fouled up but the finish line area was fun and it was a fun run for good charities.
Spent the day visiting family, friends and hanging out with our hosts in East Boise (great location) and eating Ethiopian food (a first for all of us!). A great day!