No excuses this time! I felt (and was) prepared for this race and it went very well! The weather stayed relatively cool and it was overcast the entire time I was running, so that was an added benefit. In typical fashion, I did start out too fast, but was able to dial it back a little within a few miles and then slowly ramp up speed until the finish. A few miles in, I realized I hadn’t really set goals, other than to try to break 2 hours. I don’t think it should be easy to break your A+ race goal all the time, so I tried to decide what would be reasonable for C, B, and A goals, then drop another 3 minutes as an A+. I had C as <2 hours, B as <1:58 and A as <1:56, making an A+ goal sub 1:53. At the time (probably 6 miles in) this didn’t seem likely to happen. Even up to the end I thought it would be closer to a 1:55 finish (I wasn’t checking my watch much the last few miles and was being conservative with my maintainable pace estimate). So, I guess if I were to complain about this one, it would be that I didn’t set my goals properly as it was too easy to basically crush the A+ goal. That’s a problem I don’t mind having.
Time: 1:51:18 Pace: 8:39
Place: 34/222 Overall, 30/106 Men, 14/74 M35-39
Age Graded: N/A (trail)