It was awesome! I had a great run: challenging, rewarding, and fun. The weather was perfect--nice and cool, overcast but still light, a great breeze on occasion. The trail was awkward in spots, where I figured it was going to be awkward, being a very narrow dirt trail on a hillside with high poky plants on either side. I did have to walk on some of the uphills around mile 4-4.5. It was steep enough and my legs were tired enough that I just didn't want to push myself to the point of foolishness. I would walk for 10 paces, then run for 10 paces and decide if I needed to walk again. Deciding that it would be more fun while dressed as a superhero, I put on my Hawkgirl-inspired costume from the superhero trampoline adventure back in January. Yellow leotard, green tights, red briefs and tall socks, plus black sleeves because I knew it would start off cold. No one recognized me as Hawkgirl--several people called me Robin.
This is Hawkgirl.
This is Robin.
My official time was 1:15.36. I was aiming to come in under 1:20, so hooray! I also thought this was a pretty good time for running 7 miles. Then I realized that 12K is nearly 7.5 miles, so double hooray! Also, it was nice to see that I was fourth in my age group (females 35-39) out of 26 runners.
Maybe I should put the 25K run on my calendar for next year. I'm definitely scoping out a half marathon to do next spring, if I can find a reasonably flat one.