But I'm not complaining about the race itself. I had a few things I was aiming for:
- Run a PR (my previous best was 1:52:11 on this same course 2 years ago).
- Do one of the following:
- A. Run whatever speed (i.e. as fast as) I could (I thought this would be somewhere around 7:50-8:10 min/mile) OR
- B. Run at the prescribed pace for the day (8:43) OR
- C. Run at marathon pace (8:23).
- My final time was 1:49:19; that's a PR of nearly 3 minutes, or 15 seconds per mile.
- My pace was 8:21.
- I think that, in the right pace group, I can double that effort and sustain it for a marathon and a total finish time of 3:40 (perhaps not on this particular course, though).
- I finished 20th of 94 in my age group and 385th of 1,074 overall (evidence that I was at the back of the front, not at the front of the back!
Overall, it felt like a good run. I think I nailed the first 10 miles, did OK on the 11th, and then was close to spent for the last 2. It was only 5K, but I just felt like I was slowing and slowing and slowing; not a fun feeling. So I just kept following the people in front of me and tried to catch them one by one. I split every 2 miles and then the last three.
- 16:59.58 (stop to take off sweatshirt)
- 9:58.00 (stop at aid station)
- Total: 1:49:59
I ended up 21st in my age group, around 320 overall. The positives about this race are that I was about as close to an even split (4 minutes or so) as I think I've ever been, and I ran really consistently for the first 10 miles. Plus I gave it my best effort. And I was not just at the back of the front, which is normal. Usually I start out at the back of the front and end up at the front of the back. Today I started out in the middle of the front and ended up toward the back of the front. So this was a good pace, at least for the first 10 miles. I guess I still have some work to do to complete those last 3 and then double that in a decent time.