As it turns out they were right. It is hilly. Mountainous actually and extremely picturesque. Unfortunately I didn't get many photos. Just the pix shown below.
Here we are after the race enjoying our SALAD, burgers, and beer. Yay! It's so fulfilling. Running a very hard 16 miler with friends in the middle of winter then enjoying the food and beer after. Sorry the photos are a little washed out. The restaurant was a little dark even at 2:PM in the afternoon.
Here I am towards the top of a very long hill. I remember asking myself why the photos had to be taken at the top of a hill when we are struggling to breath. I am hardly off the ground here. Almost looks like I'm walking. There were walkers but I was not one of them. I thought about it but decided I better not for fear I might not want to run again.
I can't say that I came away thrilled with my race. HOWEVER it was exactly what I had planned it to be. A "C" race. A race in which I was not prepared. Didn't even taper. Nope. Trained right through it. I just wanted to have fun and that I did.
I will say though. I'm rethinking this whole "C" race theory. According to TP a "C" race is a race you will most likely do. It's not very important and you will do little to no taper. The problem with the C race is that you will most likely not do well. You will not race up to par. As a matter of fact you might race pretty poorly.
My race was poor. I was pretty bummed about that. It was probably my worst race ever really. I didn't even break 8s. It's OK though. I wanted to hang with my friends, check out Derry, and enjoy a thoroughly earned beer OR TWO. I could actually consider this race a race of growth. Of coming out of my comfort zone. Of being one of the slower runners. It may have been rough on me for the first day or two as I thought about it. But now. It's all OK. I have my focus in the right place. I'm willing to saffrice a race result to obtain the real goal that I have put forth. My "A" race.