I totally remember that course! the hills definitely get in your head by the second lap so well done keeping it together until the end!
that really sucks that you're working hard and not seeing your effort pay off :/ sounds like a heck of a course though, so running the same time as you did on a flat course is a good sign.
I think you'll have a breakthrough with all the hard work, and suddenly you'll either be running faster and/or it'll feel easier.
Running is hard.
Thanks, yeah, I might as well just keep pushing. I'll get where I want eventually
Dude, this course sounds badass. Way to go!
As for feeing like your efforts aren't paying off- they will! Training takes a lot of time, and for racing, throw in pacing, tactics, grit, etc. Trust that you are improving as a runner and be patient for when your time reflects that :)