On October 24, Yongsan was having a 10K run over their hilly base. I'd been running well, had some amazing training runs at lunch, so I thought it would be fun to run with the fastest runners and
It was cold, my hair was long, so I wore my 'Joint Theater Missile Defense' hat to keep body heat in, my high-drag hair down (I'm #354), and black to make me a hard target to track while absorbing the heat of the sun without being too restricting. It was odd that so many noticed my hat was backwards--that was simple aerodynamics, and the fact I didn't want to look at a bill. The race started ten minutes late, and I was complaining to Aaron that I'd been warmed up, but after standing at the start for 15 minutes I was getting cold again. What was the hold-up?
My ankle tightened toward the end (I'd been had ankle problems
all year), but I won by a healthy 53 seconds with a time of 35:05, just ten
seconds off my fastest 10K in 1989. The best part was, I'd won one for
the Air Force! Woo hoo! J.T. Figueroa once chastized me in Japan for not throwing my hands up in the air in a victory salute--I forgot to do it again, more concerned that I hadn't beaten my best time.