On race day, we did what most non-city living people who run do, got up real early, drove to the stadiums, parked, and crammed on the subway for the 25 minute subway ride to the race start. Let me tell you, that ride makes you wonder why the heck you're going to run all the way back! This year the weather was great, it was sunny mid-50s/low 60s and definitely a beautiful day for a run. At the start I felt great and did through mile 5, mile 5 - 6 was a little slow for me - my legs didn't have that fire in them. But I psyched myself back up and got back on pace. I had one more slow mile from 8 - 9 where I started to think about how crazy I must be to have signed up for a half ironman this fall...that will have to be another blog post. I got to the finish line and finished strong on the last half mile, although it didn't feel particularly good and I was happy to be done. I crossed with a time of 1:17:25 on my watch and an official time of 1:17:30 - respectable considering my training was primarily Crossfit but not 100% where I wanted to be. I guess there is always next year - I know where my weak spots were, miles 5-6 and 8-9...just got to keep my pace there and I'll hit my 1:15 target.
Looking at my stats though I didn't do too bad. I finished just outside the top 10% of those that ran and in the top 10% of my divison (which I think is my age group). Next year I'm going to listen to my running coach and focus more on speedwork and make sure I'm giving myself more adequate recovery time. Hopefully Crossfit will change things up for sectionals next year and go back to the one day format - personally that fit into my life and training schedule much better.