This year the course gave me same as it always does, lots of challenging hills. You get a nice variety of hill running; steep climbs, small rolling hills, hills that you think you've reached the top but really you haven't, steep down hills, etc... I am not very good at hills and wasn't sure how I would do this day. We had to be up at 2:30am so we could be out the door by 3am, to be to the race site by 4am so Chris could help set up the water stops. I brought older shoes on the verge of retirement with the intentions that I would just treat this as a work out and not race it. I actually felt good when we took off and was able to run harder and faster than I thought I'd be able to.
I finished in 1:15:11, good for 2nd place in my age group and a new course PR. It's also a distance PR but I've only run 3-10 mile races and they have all been Run thru Hell. Maybe I'll try a flat 10 mile race and see what kind of time I can put up? Chris, of course, beat me again for the 2nd week in a row. He's just so darn strong at hills! He finished in 1:13:50. We have a hilly half marathon on the 17th, which I fully expect him to finish before me.
A handful of my running friends ran this race as well. It's always so much more fun when you get to run and race with friends!!
Official Race Results:
A/G Place: 2nd/21
Here are a few photos from the event.
Hell Creek Ranch, where the event takes place
Running in towards the finish line
Anna & my dad watching us finish
Mike, Anna & My dad (on the right)
Anna at her first Run thru Hell race
Chris, myself, Dave (5am runner), Adam (Dave's son who ran a 6:58 pace!) and Angie (5am runner)
Chris & I with our awards
Angie, Adam and myself with our awards - the 3 of use placed 2nd in our age groups