I got there pretty early because I didn't know where I was going and I was a little nervous that it would be up a mountain. The park was on rolling hills which was cool because it was easy to get to. I watched the people and hung around for a bit went to the bathroom (which was right there and was flushable Yay!) then it started.
The first mile I felt great! I was really enjoying the scenery and the people I was near were just jogging. I ran the first half of the mile and then hiked a little on the initial way up. Once we started that initial climb - those were the people I was with for almost the entire race. I totally missed the mile one marker. I didn't even think about how far I had gone until I (surprise!) saw the marker for mile two. I was feeling good with jogging most of it until first half of mile two and then there was a super steep hill where I got REALLY hot. I was really going slow in fact I took a mini break in the shade for a minute then kept going.
I jogged/ran all the way down mile 3 and 4. I really enjoyed those miles - 3 because it was nice to finally be able to run my legs (which were all warmed up from the hiking) and 4 because it was shady and nice. Mile 4 was also fun because I was in a sort of "pack" and we were all just moving together and it was really nice to just know that I could keep up with them. I felt really great physically. Being in the pack on a narrow trail also forced me to push myself harder than I do when I run alone because 1) I didn't want to get into anyones way and 2) I didn't want to let the people behind me get in front of me ;).
Mile 4 to 4.85 I had a hard time. I jogged the first half of the last mile but then I actually got a bit sick and had to walk the last half of it. I think I got a little too hot because my eyes were doing weird things. Everything seemed really bright and weird and my head felt a little dizzy. Right after I finished I beelined for home. I was a little bummed to not go to the after scene because it sounded fun but I was worried that I was heat stroked or something - I was fine after chilling out for a bit at home.
So in the end - I completed it in 1 hour and 12 minutes - I finished after a few people I started with but I finished before a few people I started with too. Overall it was a really great experience that I am definitely doing again next year. Only next year I am planning to complete the entire series.