The gun went off, and I ran the through the first mile in a rapid 5:43 together with Jonny and Muddy, with a nice downhill helping me to catch them. At about one mile, Muddy pulled ahead and I thought I wouldn't see him again until the finish. At about this point, I went slightly ahead of Jonny and felt really good running along the water. Just after mile 2 I found myself about 20 yards beyond Muddy, and was following right behind him up onto and off sidewalks for maximum tangent optimization on the curves up to Brenton Point. Felt good right through miles 2 and 3, which I both hit in sub-6 pace.
Afterwards, caught up with the gang for a cool-down but when Mike G and Jonny wanted to then run to the waterfront, my stomach wanted nothing to do with any more running despite the pedestrian pace and I then headed back with Seth, who had an awesome run himself with a 38:13. Muddy and Jonny had finished up the race about 1/2 minute ahead of me, both with excellent runs and PRs. Hung out inside the HS chowing and talking it up with the team before heading back to Westerly. Felt like crap all afternoon and evening, as my stomach was queasy, but glad I had made it out with the team.
36:22 / 5:52 pace
15th overall out of 459 (full results here)
- Not a smartly run race. Besides the poor form shown in my race preparations in the 16 hours leading up to the race, I ran a progressively slower race. Every mile split was slower than the previous: 5:43, 5:48, 5:50, 6:02, 6:02, 6:03.
- Losing to a turtle in an end-of-race duel. It was fun(?) to have the duel, and I gave it all I had, but humbling to lose it by a whisker in the end.
- First and foremost, running with my WTAC teammates. While we missed winning the team competition, still spent the better part of two hours with the team between warm-ups, racing, cool-down, hanging around eating, and awards ceremony.
- Huge PR! I took 2 minutes and 7 seconds off my PR from last year's race, which was in turn 2 1/2 minutes off my prior 10K PR. No, that kind of improvement is clearly not sustainable!
- Placing second in my age group (or third, depending on whether you count the winner not able to double-dip), good for $20 gift certificate to Camire's. Clear improvement from last year's 7th place divisional finish.