3rd Annual Run, Rock and Roll HM here in IF. I won it in 2006, didn't run it last year and hit it again this year as a training run.
Overall a good run. 1st place overall, new course record, ran a comfortable pace that I hope to keep at TCM and got a new pair of Asics shoes (any model!) to boot for the win.
The RD changed the course this year to make sure it was closer to the right length and because the county told him to make some changes on Thursday. I had it just over 13M, but with the tangents it should be right near 13.1M. Only about 35 runners, no other fast men but a great race on the women's side with the top 4 breaking 1:40! My friend Andrea was neck and neck for third until Lynette out kicked her with less than 0.1M to go!
I had forgotten how hilly this course really was. Started off fast (5:44) during the flat/uphill first mile (had to back-off to a 5:44, started way faster and knew I needed to slow down) then eased into a groove at around 5:50ish. But the hills started accumulating, especially 7-11. Mile 7 was all uphill, and miles 8-10 were uphill on a wash-board gravel road, so really bad footing and my slowest mile at mile 9 (6:08). Overall happy with the pacing considering the course though. Makes me feel pretty confident for TCM and for Poky and Salmon as training runs.
Did a 2M wu, 3M cd.
After the race, got home, showered and took the family to Craters of the Moon National Monument for the day and some hiking on the cinder codes and in the caves. About 4M of hiking, will call it 1 easy mile.
We also stopped at the Experimental Breeder Reactor - 1 National Historic site to show the family about the birth of nuclear energy and to explain how a nuclear reactor works. The kids really enjoyed playing with the hot cell manipulators!
Tangents - 248 miles