Emma and I ran the Frank Lloyd Wright 10k race this morning. I thought the point was that we were running it together, but apparently I was mistaken, as I discovered immediately after the starting horn, when I found myself inhaling Emma’s dust. Running the race by myself wasn’t bad – I got into the solitude of it after about the first mile. Emma and I had different race strategies. She ran a really fast first mile and then slowed down; my first mile was my slowest at 8:42. I ran each mile a bit faster than the last, and finished in 52:13 (it might have been a bit before that – I forgot to look at the clock as I crossed the finish line – I know, how could I run the whole race and forget to look at the clock? I was busy looking for Emma.) The thing I’m most proud of is that I beat my last year’s time by 3 minutes. The thing I’m second-most-proud of is that, after running the whole race separately, Emma crossed the finish line only about 10 seconds ahead of me.
It was a beautiful Fall day in Oak Park – cool and windy. A perfect day for a 6.2 mile run (of such a day exists.) I felt good throughout the race, although Mile 6 was a killer. I’m glad I did it, I’m glad Emma and I did it “together”, and I’m glad it’s over.
No rest for the weary – now I have to go clean the garage.