What a gorgeous day for the race. Sunny, 45-50 degrees, no wind. Absolutely beautiful fall day. It made me happy just to be out in this weather!
There were not a lot of runners at this race, maybe 150 tops. It’s the 2nd annual, about 3x the turnout they had last year.
So, we lined up on a bridge facing a hill. They started us going uphill!! I am so glad I was hill training just for variety’s sake!! We started and a lot of people booked up the hill. I just kept a steady pace, knowing the town that this was not likely to be the only hill, and I was correct. This was a very hilly course. Of course, a lot of people got tired and I passed them further on down the road. I just kept up a steady higher pace throughout, figured that’s what I did my interval training for. I was cooking along, but quite sure that with the hills I would not beat my last race time.
I was wrong! The clock said 30:21 as I crossed the finish line! That is a 9:47 mile, I could not believe it! The clock was only off about 5 seconds from my chronometer (which I started a few seconds late), so it was accurate! After I cooled down a bit, I actually got a little weepy with happiness about how far I have come since April! Such a goof 🙂
Of course, I have proceeded to not eat really well today LOL! Anyway, I don’t know how I am going to beat this time in my next race in 2 weeks! Maybe if it is a flat course……