This was my longest run at any type of sustained effort since being sidelined with a shin injury the first week of April.
I did not go into today's event with any delusions of a PR or even a race type effort, I just wanted to get in 3 steady miles at what seemed like a comfortably hard effort.
The course was on rolling hills, not terribly tough but certainly not easy. The first half mile, and mile 2.5 were the hardest points of it.
I did not look at my watch at all and had the mile alerts on silent. I just did not want the distraction of seeing a pace well below my capabilities and having that screw up my head as it often does.
I could have very well run this time or better on my own but thought that getting back in the race atmosphere was important for me moving forward as I climb my way back, so the $27 entry fee was a non-issue.
So far I have felt nary a tweak nor twinge from my shin and hopefully now can look forward to a slight bump up in both mileage, and training intensity.