While the wind was blowing late yesterday got some last work in before Saturday's 25K. Instead of doing a lap I parked at the South end by Palmer Lake / County Line Rd. Ran a mile down to the hill turnoff. Went 1 mile up, then back 1/2 mile, then up 1 mile, back a 1/2 - another mile forward etc......., then turned around and repeated back, ran the last 3 miles straight back to the car. Some good hill, moderate tempo work, less than 900' of ups and bounced between 8:30 - 9 min pace the whole way. Result: 10 miles in 1 hr, 27 1/2. Avg pace 8:45.
About 55 people are in my age group Saturday, plus I am supposed to be tapering for the Marathon 2 weeks after that - so time to run smart, not trying to achieve or try to come close to what I did last year (8 mile race, 11th overall, 3rd in age group = best race result ever). I want to be able to say / write after I am done that I ran smart.