I have to be honest, I wasn't really expecting very much for this race. I've been training distance for the past few months, and not focusing on speed. Combine that with a super-hilly course, and my goal was to finish and maintain at least a 10 minute mile throughout the run.
This is the third year in a row that Benjamin and I have ran the Rattlesnake Run, so I pretty much know what to expect from the course. There are a few hills right at the start and then most are on the back end. The weather was perfect this morning and I was feeling pretty good. My legs were freshly Biofreezed, my stomach was full with a CHOMP, and I was ready to start running.
The first mile was a little faster than I thought it was going to be, but the 2nd mile was full of hills! My pace slowed to about 9:44 for that mile and the 192 feet of elevation was a challenge. The third and fourth miles really started to feel good and I realized that I was capable of getting a PR today. With a mile left to go, i just took a deep breath and started around the last neighborhood corner. The best thing about this race is that the finish is on a really steep downhill. As you round the final corner you can see the finish clock and no more hills!
My final time was 44:43. Complete results can be found here: http://www.coolrunning.com/results/11/fl/Oct15_33rdAn_set1.shtml
The time was a personal best. Almost TWO FULL MINUTES better than last year's time. Those results can be found here: http://www.coolrunning.com/results/10/fl/Oct16_32ndAn_set1.shtml
Here's a picture of me bringing it home (thank you, Chris!)
Here are the splits ( forgot to stop my watch at the end):
Here are some of the most interesting stats, especially the elevation gain (Woah, baby!):
Overall, it was AWESOME! I even got 4th place in my age group (up from #10 last year). Next up, the swim leg of the Longleaf Tri tomorrow morning. Hopefully I will come off of cloud nine by then.