The race season has begun. I was instructed by my coach, (Heather Collins, modeling the sweatshirt above) to treat this as a training run, not a race. Since I ran the race with her I sort of had to follow her instructions.
It was a good thing I did as the last half of this course has a number of hills (not something we have a lot of in Illinois) and by taking it easy for the first six miles, I was able to run the hills without difficulty.
Actually the downhill was more challenging than the uphill. We’ve been running hills on the treadmill so I was prepared for the incline, but we never really practice downhill which uses a lot of different muscles.
This is a really nice course – and it was perfect weather – sunny and in the 40s. There were over a thousand runners this year and it is strong field. I finished 18th in my age-group with a time of 1 hour 52 minutes.
Looking forward to trying it again next year.
Next race: Lifetime Tri – Tempe Arizona – April 12, 2015