Finish time is approximate for now.
Same course as the 5k a few weeks ago, so I felt pretty sure that I could beat my 15K PR (55:42 from 2014 SLCTC winter series). Course is somewhat challenging as there are many turns as well as gravel to contend with.
As I started out with the 5k runners, I got dragged along a little quickly to begin with: 5:45 first mile. After that I settled into a groove 5:53, 5:55, 5:55 for miles 2-4. My 5k split was aroung 18:10. Midway through the race I started to slip a little 6:01, 6:02 and then in the 7th mile I started hurting a lot on the steep climb: 6:08. When I saw that I knew I would have to refocus if I wanted a PR. Fortunately there was much more left in the tank 5:53 for mile 8 then 5:50 for mile 9. 5:33 pace for the final .321 miles.
Now the goal is to run this pace for the half marathon in two weeks (with some rest).