So after I had to pull out at the 30 mile mark last year due to my bone spur, I felt I owed this course some payback. In 2007, I finished in 6:25 and was 2nd overall. The winner was around 6:15. Last year the winner was in 6:25.
This course features 2995' of climbing and has a hard climb from 5-10 and 28-30. My injury held up during the climbs and I didn't have to take any un-planned walk breaks during them.
- I totally shattered my goal of 6:20-6:30, which was where I thought I was going to finish.
- I came within less than 10 minutes of the old course record.
- I ran EXACTLY to my plan. I didn't chase anyone and took breaks when I scheduled.
- There was someone faster...... A 26 yr old from Cedar City broke the course record BIG TIME and ran a 5:52 and change. My time was fast enough to win this like 8 of the last 10 years. Oh well.
Honestly, I am totally STOKED about my performance today. I was running 7:45-8:00 minute miles from 30-36 and feeling OK. I get a HUGE trophy for this and for that I am greatful. Still don't have that elusive race win yet....