Perfect conditions for this 7:30 am race in Carmel, IN. Combined with an extremely flat course, the temp was about 45-50 degrees and overcast throughout the whole race. Nathan met me and Tiff at the start line about 15 minutes before to give me my packet, that he had so graciously picked up at the expo the night before. Got a half mile of jog/strides before making my to the spot right in front of the 3:05 pace group - hoping not to ever see them :)
Turned that I didn't :) Started off with goal in mind to run 6:45s as long as I could, in an effort to break 3 hrs for the first time...
This plan worked out gr8. A couple of slow miles at 4 and 5 where Nathan and I and another guy were chatting were made up for with several miles in the 6:30s scattered throughout. In fact, it wasn't until mile 22 that I hit the wall and really started slowing:
6:39, 6:41, 6:51,6:53, 6:55, 6:46, 6:37, 6:39, 6:45, 6:40, 6:45, 6:35, 6:40, 6:45, 6:30, 6:41, 6:39, 6:39, 6:35, 6:33, 6:35, 6:49, 6:51, 7:10, 7:14, 7:12, 2:00
Nathan did great,also. He broke his PR by about 9 minutes. :)
PR by about 11:51 and broke that 3 hr mark -- 2:57:39! Extremely pleased with this result. Hopefully this time is good enough to get in to Boston 2013?!? ;)