Ran to start from north of MTC (1.2 miles). Made it to golden buckets and as I came out the announcer was counting down from 10 and the race started as I was down the grassy steep hill. I ran up. Caught my breath, got on my music and began my pace work race. Since i have not done any speed work in months besides some 800s at 7:15-7:30 pace on the cruise I was obviuosly knew I could not pull off any spectacular time. And with an extra 15-20 pounds definitely not. Paces were 7:37, 7:20, 7:28, 7:35, 7:47, 7:51 and last 0.2 7:42 steep up hill but also too many people to just sprint without looking too ridiculous amonsth the later 5 k runners. Got my cool glass award and ran back to my car with that and medal in tow. 8.6 miles today.