Running (Race) 1:30:00  15.0 km (6:00 / km)
Stretch and Roll
15 mins up
2 mins tempo
8km race 26:22.99 (19th)
Today I think was a very good step in the right direction. Everything that I have done in the past month has led to this moment. I think today was the first time that I was fully enjoying every moment of that race. I was constantly thinking about how happy I was and it was hard not to be smiling. Went out hard and had to jostle to get towards the front of the back. Was running right behind DesGagnes and the focus for the first 4km was just stay with him and that group. The group pulled away, but it never felt like I wasn't engaged in the race. Eventually found myself kind of in the chase pack so worked with 2 guys there to catch up on the guys that were coming back to us. Definitely was getting faster with each lap and focused on shifting down on those downhills and working to put some distance on those straight aways from the start line. Finishing the race, definitely felt there's still more there, but an amazing improvement where I was a month ago. I am very excited about indoors this year but my mind keeps drifting on cross and what we need to do.