The next part of the course had some hills to it, and it was another out and back. The hills were good practice, and they were very small for anyone who ever runs hills. To me, because I run flat road pretty much exclusively, they felt bigger. Up until mile 3 or 4, I was pretty consistently holding under 8:30/mile. At around mile 4.5, I started thanking God quietly that I wasn't running the half that day. I was tired and my legs were ready to be done. The last two miles had more uphills than down, and my pace was creeping up a little to be closer to 8:45. The last .2 was at 8:06 pace, though. I love kicking it at the end and just hate getting passed in the final stretches. Someone did pass me, and it just pushed me to go a little harder.
When we finished, we got beer bottle opener medals. They don't actually function people later discovered, but they're offering to replace them if you wanted to use the opener. It's nice that they stand behind every element of their race (this was the first time it had been put on).
I walked down to the expo area for a little bit, but I didn't find the food. I found out once I got home that I had just not found it and that in fact there was loads of awesome food. It made me sad that I missed it! I did, though, find Meghan, Tori, and Genna again. We all ran personal best times, so it was nice that we all had such great races!
The race was very well put on, and the weather was perfect for the 10k. I wore a lululemon running skirt, a Target C9 short sleeve top, Nike arm sleeves, a Nike Gasparilla tech tee, and my Asics. I also had the Nike earwarmer and some cheap gloves on. It was the pefect outfit, and while I almost dropped the gloves along the way, I was glad after the race that I had kept them.
It was a great race, and there was never anything that didn't go smoothly. I really enjoyed the course and the crowd. For a first time race, they had over 3,000 participants between the 5k, 10k, and half marathon. I'll definitely plan for it again next year.
In the end I PR'ed by a little over 2 minutes. My previous best time was 55:19, and I ran 53:10.