Overall, felt very good about the race this morning. Did 3-mile warm-up. Sizeing up the field (500 runners) and the times from last year, my goal was top 50 and a time under 45 minutes. This was the most challenging course I have ever run (6 fairly strong hills) and felt as though my pacing remained consistent throughout.
Mile 1: 6:30 (Had to exert myself for a hill that cover the last .25)
Mile 2: 6:30 (Probably the hardest I ran for the entire race)
Mile 3: 7:10 (.75 uphill followed by a sharp decline back down)
Mile 4: 7:28 (Not that bad a hill, just pretty much covered most of the mile...my legs began to really feel it)
Mile 5: 7:47 (nastiest stretch of the race...kept a solid pace...held position)
Last 1.2: 7:40 (nice gradual slope downward, followed by one sharp upward hill, and ending w/a .2 mile stretch that was flat...ran this stretch at a 6:23 pace and felt strong at the finish)
Overall, if this was a flat course, I really feel as though I had it in me to maintain a 6:20-30 pace...the hills were challenging, yet I seemed to push through them with strength. This is officially my 10k pr (although I've shattered that time within a 1/2 marathon and 20k).
Weight: 183.5 lbs (Will begin to shoot towards 175lbs, starting tomorrow)