Google maps can be quite misleading as to terrain. The route I took today was absolutely GORGEOUS, and I had never been running (or even driving) on a lot of the roads entailed before. Not only that, but it worked out to 3.2 miles, which is almost perfectly a 5K distance. The downside, is how much UP there was. It was ridiculously uphill. The first little hills were pretty tame, and pretty short, so I just took them at a slow jog, told myself encouraging things, and sucked it up. Oh boy, but by the time I got about half-way up the hill, I hated my life. I stopped twice to take pictures both because I couldn't believe how high up I had climbed and because I needed the rest.
This first picture is from almost the highest point of where I ran today - it was almost level with the Y on Y mountain. Ridiculous.
This is after a slight downhill bit, looking DOWN on the Provo Temple.
Pretty views, though. I ran 3.2 miles in about 45 minutes, counting all the stops I took to complain to the mountains about how steep and ridiculous they were.
I feel great, though, and on my way home, one of my miles was in 11:06! I've never run a mile that fast before! So yes let us embrace this minor victory and remember to look at altitude when you're mapping a new run.