This year I just raced, I went out fast, I settled into a rhythm and during the tough uphill sections, I just focused on leg turnover. The end result was a career best 27:15 (8:21/mile pace). My average heart rate over the course was 171 bpm and the last mile, I picked up the pace slightly, but was thoroughly exhausted.
The course starts out downhill and I took advantage of that posting a 7:30 mile split, then the course turns up before leveling off and heading back down. My pace slowed down, but my average heart rate stayed steady. After settling into a pace, I was passed by about 7 other runners, but the last half mile there was a solid gap between me and the next finisher.
I always like this event, because it is bragging rights for the year. I didn’t win, but I did put in a solid performance
On a side note, it was my first time trying out the RaceDots I recently purchased. They are as cool as advertised. No fumbling with safety pins to put on a crooked number. I snapped two on and slid them into place on my singlet.