So after the most half-assed training possible, I finally ran the big race last weekend. It was a grueling course (you could not make a course hillier), and I was pretty tired. Overall though I could not have asked for a better performance. I ran the whole distance, even through the water stops. AND I finished the race very close to my goal time - 2:33:45!! I had hoped to finish under 2:30, but considering all the hills I'm okay with my time.
Overall the organization of the race was nicely done. Water where we needed it, plenty of volunteers, and the start and finish areas were clearly marked and easy to find. Even parking was decent. I'd suggest running it if you're looking for a challenging course.
For future races, I've signed up for the Publix half marathon in March and the Hot Chocolate 15k in January. I'm still undecided about the Thanksgiving half marathon. It's a great way to burn calories before stuffing myself stupid, but I don't know that I feel like getting up early. Lazy, I know. We'll see.
Until next time - have a great run!