There's not too much to say about this really -- I did what I planned on doing. With the first mile being down hill, I just went for it. I hit the first mile in 6:48. The second mile finished going down hill and flattened out a bit: 7:15. The third mile ... well, I wasn't speechless then. I talked to myself out loud for the first time ever in a race. Heading up the hill in the last mile I told myself several times, "You can do this. Just do it." I dug deep coming up that hill, and I did it. It was one of the toughest ends to a race I have ever done.
My time put me in 45th overall out of 467 racers - a HUGE crowd for Lynchburg. It was great to see so many people taking part in this event today. The volunteers were awesome - they can't get enough thanks. And there was plenty of food and drink to go around too. I also want to give a shout-out to Dr. David Wimmer of Wimmer Chiropractic who was there. (Full disclaimer, my wife is a patient of his.) I got a free analysis of my back to discover that I'm mostly OK.
My only complaint is that this race has gotten fairly large for a very crammed start with too many people starting toward the front that probably shouldn't be there. That's not a bad thing though - it's a sign of how popular races are becoming around here. That being said, my first quarter mile was slowed a bit because I had to get off the trail to pass people. I could have been a tad faster at the beginning.
But I'm not really complaining. After all, I've had two races this year and I've had two PRs.
Lastly, Jess of the blog Half of Jess, was the official winner of the Shirt Off My Back contest for this race, but she doesn't want it. I am totally fine with that - it was great to have her guess a time that was 11 seconds of my official time. So, to do the right thing in the contest, I'll give the shirt to the second closest finisher, Steve of 265andFalling, who was 18 seconds off. If his name sounds familiar to you, it's because just the other day he did a Q&A with me on this site.
But to all of you who guessed my time, you need to step it up a bit next time I do this. My mom guessed 22:45 last night. Mother does know best!