By Will Geiken
For me the Memorial Day 10k marks the continuation of what has been one of the best spring seasons that I have had. By comparison, at this same race in 2016 my teammates (eventual winner and runner-up, Chris and Sean) were long gone after the opening quarter mile. The pack that I started with began their own race at the 5k mark, while I ran most of the second half of the race on my own. I finished a moderately disappointed 10th in a time of 32:01. Given how training with plantar fasciitis had been going, the result wasn’t too surprising, but it hurt all the same.
This year I started the race on the shoulder of the leader, Malcolm Richards of West Valley, and ran with the leaders for the majority of the race. Instead of running by myself, I was able to be a factor at the front and make some moves of my own, which is a fantastic feeling. In the end Phil split the group apart with just under a mile to go, but I was able to hold on for 3rd, and finished over 1:30 faster than last year.
While I don’t think of this year's race as being perfectly executed, the degree of personal improvement that I have seen in the past year is something that I am grateful for. It speaks to the quality of my teammates and how supportive the HOKA ONE ONE Aggies are as a club. I look forward to keeping the season rolling with this great crew.