We are going to run in a fundraiser race for our school's track/cross country teams in a month - the Frosty Freeze. It's a mile and includes a pretty serious, if gradual, hill. The first half is downhill and the second is back up, two streets over. I was in no shape to do this when we tried it about 4 years ago.
We ran the course on Friday. I made it in 12:30. I started too fast and struggled through the second quarter-mile. If I can manage to hand back and then , 'kick it in' after the halfway point I could make 12, which is what I's like to do.
We'll do this a couple more times and see if we can't make it work.