Anyway, on to the run itself. All three races started at the same time, 6:30 a.m., so you really didn't know who you were actually racing against. There was maybe 75 total people there for all three races. We toed the start line and took off. There were about 4 to 5 people in front of us and we were holding a pretty steady pace.
The entire first half of the race is uphill, and on this morning into the wind. We grinded away the first three miles passing a couple of people who took off too fast.
When we hit the turnaround point there were only 2 people in front of us. This was the best part of the race because we got to bomb back down for the last three miles with the wind at our backs. It was really fun to be running with Audrey after last weekend running alone for so long in the mountains. And the fact that the race was over in 45 minutes was really nice too.
Well, the two guys in front of us held on to their positions and we held on to ours. Audrey was 3rd place overall and first female (by 6 minutes!!!) and I came in 4th overall and 3rd male. As soon as we crossed the finish line they handed us our finisher medals and then our awards for coming in in the top 3 (a metal horse looking thing with two hooks) which was funny because you usually get top awards after everyone has come in. But it meant that we could leave earlier!
All in all this was a fun race and it felt good to run the whole way rather than hike for hours... My legs were a little bit stiff, but I had worked most of the soreness out by the middle of week. Always fun to go to a race and win. Proud of my trophy wife!!!