A little over two hours after I started, I ran up the steepest hill I have seen in my running career and pushed myself to go faster and pass under the tall black rectangular finish line. I had pursued this end with singular focus for the last three uphill and heavily slanted miles and now was having trouble getting my legs to stop moving. I had smiled for the final camera man sitting on top of the finish line, but the truth was that last hill was a fight. This picture is of the finish line and the overall winner of the race – Stanley Biwott. You can see the incline a bit here, but most of it is just past that turn and to the right.
I am not one to just stop after a race. I need to walk it off a bit. So I passed the volunteers handing out finisher medals in a bit of a fog and in search of Gatorade. Soon, however, the excitement set in for me and I claimed my medal. : )
Of course I had stopped my Garmin and my Runkeeper after crossing the finish line. So while looking for a cold drink I decided to check my stats. This race was not a speed PR for me for a half marathon. So I was surprised to see my Runkeeper announcing a new personal record. As it turns out, it was for elevation climbed! MY FAVORITE! 2,010 feet. Well that explains a lot.
So, I am wondering, have you ever run a race with an uphill finish? How did you feel about it?