I was considering this race for a few weeks before finally signing up (the final night online registration was available). Though I'm training for a half with higher mileage volume than usual, with a reasonable amount of short speedwork included, I didn't think I'd be ready for a PR. But outside of this month I'm on track for my goal of at least one race every month, so I decided to go for it.
The Twilight Run is a small-ish race - about 500 finishers this year - that supports the Tigard Tualatin school district. It's run in the Cook/Tualatin/Durham parks, primarily on paved path (so there are some narrow-ish areas), with a very short section on the bark dust paths (less than a tenth of a mile); some inclines but flat-ish. It's coordinated with the Festival of Balloons - the race bib gets you in free, but any spectators would have to pay the festival entrance fee.
I picked up my bib at Road Runner Thursday night, and they also had a fundraiser going on with the Chipotle across the parking lot, so obviously that was a no brainer to pick up dinner. I really like the shirt; the last couple race shirts I've gotten in my usual size have been too big, so I decided to risk it and order down a size, and it's borderline but wearable (yay weight loss!).
The race itself is Saturday evening; I love the idea of evening races since that's when I typically run for workouts, but timing what and when I eat during the day for best performance is still something to tweak. Supposedly there was parking at the high school for a small fee, but the directions I took to get there took me down a side street that dead ends in a trail head leading into the parks, so I just went with that, and just had about a quarter mile walk in.
It was 92 degrees at the race start, so I didn't have super high expectations. Meeting my PR pace of 10:01 would be awesome, but I decided anything in the 10s was pretty decent.
I started out in the mid 10s, for a while, but with some downhill and early energy, I got the first mile just under - 9:56. Kept up around that for a while, but started feeling way too lethargic and hot about halfway through, and finally took a walking break just before the end of mile 2 - 10:22. The third mile was not pretty at all, with several walking spots, for 11:35. I got 9:30 pace for the last 0.05 (race measured short), for an overall official time of 32:17 (10:25 pace).
Though obviously not a PR, it's only 70 seconds off - if I can do that at 92 degrees, I should definitely be capable of a new PR at 20 or 40 degrees cooler! I already have my July and August races lined up (half marathon, Hood to Coast), but I think I'll pick a 5k in September to finally try for a sub-30 (or at least sub-10 pace).