|Start of the Race|
|Chugging up the hill at the end|
In a word: Hilly. It starts on a downhill, then goes right into an uphill, followed by another downhill. around the lake the course is deceptively rumbly with a couple of potential bust you butt declines. After a lap around the lake it ends with the same hills that started the race in reverse order.
I felt good before the race. My warm up went well, but since there were only two port-a-johns for the race (WTF), I had to sneak in the McDonald's bathroom, which was kind of annoying. I am not really sure what was up with that. Honestly the whole race was rather bare bones.
|Better view of the hill at the end|
This race seemed to really only draw serious runners. Nearly everyone running seemed fairly fit and experienced, which was a big contrast from the charity races that I had been running int the spring and fall. However this made it a bit hard to tell where I should line up so as to be near people running at my pace. In addition, I hate beginning races on a downhill because it is so easy to screw up my pacing from the out set.
I think that the down hills start and my fear of the uphill finish led me to hold back more than I needed to in the race
Mile 1: 8:14
Mile 2: 8:27
Mile 3: 8:46
Mile 4: 8:58
Mile 5: 8:07
I felt good during the entire race and ran well, but I don't think that I pushed myself at all until the final mile, which I think was some pretty good work on my part considering it was my fastest mile and took place over the largest elevation gains of the race.
|Just happy to be back in a race|