I made it 6 miles a little under 6:30 pace. Then came the first hill, which was big. I was excited to run this race because the 2006 Delaware Marathon was my first, five years ago now. However, the course has changed since then. When I ran it in '06, it was 4 loops and almost entirely flat. Since they changed the course, I had heard that it became quite hilly. It's now two loops. So you hit the big hill from mile 6-7ish and 19-20ish, then a slightly shorter but still steep hill at the beginning of mile 12 and 25.
So after that first hill, my pace slowed, and the majority of my miles for the rest of the race were in the low 7 minute range. As intended, I was tired, and it was pretty difficult. I had gone through the half in 1:27 something, and was happy with my 3:03 finish.
|The 2:43 is NOT my time.|