It was my first race (post/during) injury. I was told to just 'run it'. Don't go all out, just run. But I REALLY wanted to come in under 28. My PR was in 2003 in MS and was 28:32. Slow for most 'real' runners, but it was what I could do. It was a difficult course as that it was hilly. It started off flat, went downhill, then a steep incline with a gradual incline for about a mile, leveled off again with an incline right at the end. I must say that I gave it all I had on this race. Around mile 2.5, I was struggling. But I knew that if I could just hold out that I could beat my PR. As I came up near the finish, I saw the clock and I gave it one final push. I came in at 27:48. Pleased doesn't even begin to describe what I was feeling at the time. Ok, as I crossed the finish line, nausea was what I was feeling. But quickly that feeling was replaced with a feeling of accomplishment. I did it.