Shorter runs are all about pain. How much pain are you prepared to endure and for how long? After some initial dodging of slower runners, I locked into my goal pace and gritted my teeth as the pain kicked in.
44 minutes and 27 seconds later I crossed the finishing line gasping and in a decent amount of pain, but happy to come in under 45 mins. I came in the middle of the middle. 32 out of 61 runners in my age category. I'm fine with that as I know I can go faster as my weight continues to drop.
This run comes highly recommended. There were about 500 other racers, a beautiful course, and all the trappings of a bigger race such as medals, chipped timing, and professional photographers.
Next up, the 30K run at Birch Bay in Washington.