It was a great race. It was 2.5 miles long, somewhat the same route we run each week, but backwards. The first mile was mostly downhill and many people went out too fast (including me) The second mile was the hardest and had plenty of uphills so the times adjusted quickly. The finish was good...... but aren't they all? :)
I wasn't going to go out hard because of the upcoming marathon, the 20 miler a couple days ago, and less than 100% calf, but the race got the best of me. I wasn't paying attention to the watch, but was running what felt good. The first mile was mostly downhill and when I passed the first mile I was running at a 7:10 pace. I didn't worry about adjusting anything because it was such a short race, but with the way the course then turned uphill my times adjusted accordingly with a 7:41 second mile.
The last 1/2 mile was kind of a tease for us that run with the group all the time. We were headed back towards the finish line and then they made us turn for a last little jaunt before getting to the finish line. Of course looking at the distance we knew there was something else we needed to do before getting there, but still a tease. I ran the last 1/2 mile at a 6:54 pace or somewhere really close. I am not sure the course was quite 2.5 miles as my GPS didn't record it that long, but I will say it was and accept the 6:54 pace :) I take that back...... I am sure it was exactly 2.5 miles, but I did an awesome job of running all the tangents!
I finished with a time of 18:18 (7:20 pace). I am not sure what place I was, but I was up in the top 20 I think.
Great Summer of running!