I knew going into this race it was going to suck. I just wasn’t sure how much it was going to suck.

I arrived at a little after 7:30 and picked up my race packet. In all honesty I did the race for the T-shirt. The shirts are awesome and have a great design on them. There was no line and I was able to get the packet and head back to my vehicle to put my race number on.

After putting my number on I did a very slight warmup run/jog/shuffle down to a bathroom. Going thru the crowd it looked a little smaller than the last couple of years but I’m not sure.

Not to long after getting back to the start area the 8 mile race went off at 8am. It was rather interesting to see the way the race started and then have them come back thru the 4 mile racers and see what position they were in.

The 4 mile race would start about 15 minutes after the 8 mile race. I took my place near the back of the pack and intended on staying there. My motto was turtle steady for the whole race.

For about the first mile of the race it’s uphill. I knew this and was intending on walking a good part of it. But I found myself shuffling along for the first half mile and feeling okay. Eventually I did stop to walk and catch my breath, but also because there were other people in front of me that I couldn’t easily pass. Eventually things got strung out and I was able to start jogging again. I told myself that if I felt like walking I should stop and do that. For the first couple of miles I felt like running so that’s what I did for the most part. There were some uphills that I did walk but overall I was surprised that I was able to run as much as I did.

At the three mile marker things changed. However I didn’t notice this until almost another mile later when I was still running (on the plus side I did look at my watch at this time and I was approximately 3 minutes behind my time last year..which I was super stoked about!). The race director had mentioned prior to the race that the 4 mile course was a bit different this year. In the end it ended up being closer to 5 miles than to 4 miles. I did really well up until the distance after 4 miles. After that I was burning things pretty hard. Luckily I kept my feet underneath me and finished. I finished in 59 minutes and 22 seconds! In my age group I believe I was fourth which is pretty awesome!

So a good race over all. I’m glad that I did it and it’s given me a bit of motivation to put into the bank. Might try and get another race in before the end of the year but I’m not sure. Still three days after the race I’m a bit gimpy in certain movements (going downstairs!). But I think I’ll try and get out for a run tomorrow to see how things are working.