Well, it was a perfect day for a 5k. The course was a bit different than I expected. From what I looked at before it appeared that the last quarter to half mile was going to be up hill. That would be a real challenge, but not as challenging as what the course turned out to be. It started off really nice. A slight uphill for a quarter mile followed by a downhill for a quarter mile. Then it hit you. The whole middle of the course was up hill with a couple short flat areas. My legs were killing me. I didn't really want to walk any of it, but I ended up walking about 20 percent of it, but still got a time of a little over 36 min. That being said the two that had a shorter time than me ran the whole thing, so I must have really pushed the first part of the run because they only got 32 and 34 min.
I was thinking last night about how 9 years ago I would have ran that around 20 min probably. Mostly because it was probably one of the hardest courses I have ever ran and I don't know how well I would have done up against that many hard up hills. Combine that with the extra 60lbs I am now carrying and while I am not please with my time, it wasn't terrible considering. 9 years ago it would have been completely unacceptable.
Well, I guess I better find another one to run and start planning for it.