Saturday, May 9, 2009

3...2...1!!

Today we ran the Los Altos Hills Pathways 10k (me) and 5k (ryan).

Two years ago Ryan got 3rd place in his age division for the 5k.

Last year he got 2nd.

This year, he was determined to get first. Only, this was his quote last night: "Crap! I can't believe I forgot to train for the race tomorrow."

Yah, so when we got there this morning and saw more people, by far, than we have ever seen at this race, thoughts of him achieving that elusive number one spot quickly fled from our minds. He just mentioned he wanted to beat "her" - a nearly 80 old lady off in the distance (he did).

After I crossed the finish line, I asked him how he did. His response?: "Pretty good."

Then I talked to some of my friends. One said, "Isn't it cool that Ryan got first in his age division!?"

What!?!

Yah, he did. He got first place. And now he says he's retiring from running.

Here's the group...some of us at least:

And here is a map of the elevation for the 10k: You can give kudos if you'd like. I don't mind. Oh, and Kudos to Kristen who competed in her first-ever race! Yay Kristen!!

10 comments:

Julie Laughlin said...

awesome! that's really hill-y...if that's a word....!!
great job to ryan too!

Dan and Heather said...

I'm with Ryan- I'm retired from running. i just don't get it
-Dan

chellae said...

Look at that elevation profile! This must be a bit redemptive after WALKING up State Street in the 1/2 marathon last month. Great job! Do you want to come to Connecticut and run in the Hartford Half with me in September? And tell Ryan that Jim is totally with him on the retirement thing except that I don't plan on quitting any time soon and he won't quite til I do. Jim says he runs because some days it is the only time we get to see each other.

Molly said...

Go Ryan!! That's awesome. Those hills were brutal! My goal was to beat the slow girls behind me (they may have been the only people behind me). I beat them (barely). And I wanted to say, "And I'm pregnant! Boo-yah!" but that would just be rude.

ed and kelli said...

kudos. ryan that's great... where's little bean in these pictures? did you do all this before or after your swim:) i am still on my way up there.. it's just taking a long time:)

Karen Hauley said...

Congrats to both of you. I'm not retired ~ just taking a "break". I'll be back.

Julia said...

YAY RYAN!!! What a rock star. Congrats to both of you! Great race.

dani said...

RYAN!!!

traitor.

chrisbrems said...

I'm hoping there were more than a couple of people in his division :)

Ryan said...

Come on now, give me some credit. I completely wasted the other guy in my division. He had no chance of making it up those hills in his wheelchair.

Sorry Dani. I won't let it happen again.