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My goal medal goal was to PR and I did by 3 minutes and 26 seconds!! 1:36:04. Really a great race, all things considered, which is especially surprising given that mentally I really didn't feel "on" yesterday.

some stats:
5k: 22:19 (pace 7:11)
10k: 45:12 (pace 7:17)
10 M: 1:13:45 (really amazing!, pace 7:23)
finish: 1:36:04 (pace 7:20)

I started a bit fast, first mile was 726 due to the crowd (I was way up front so I had a good start, but had to jostle for position a bit). Miles 2 to 3 miles were 7-705 so we slowed a bit on purpose through 6. My training partner has been sick and I dropped him in mile 6. I ran with "craig" for about a mile, but then ran alone for most of the rest of the race, often in no man's land (by myself). I was digging deeper and deeper and still only managing to pull out 7:25 pace for like 5-6 miles; I was worried I had started too fast. At 9.5 we turn around to head for home so I picked it up a bit; 10th mile split was 721. at 10 I definitely turned in on (though no change in pace, I kept 7:20-725 from mile 6-12). Mile 13 was 6:49 however. I really turned it on at 12. I was passing people quite often, and not really getting passed. I was slowly reeling in people. At one point, I caught a guy and there was a woman in blue about 50 yards ahead and I said "Come on, lets get blue" but he didn't bite. I did catch her, and there was someone in pink 50 yards ahead. Some guy came up on me at about 12.5 and I held on to him for about 1/4 mile but he kept going. I caught pink with about 200 yards to go. I told myself that if I didn't catch her before I saw the finish, I'd let her beat me. I passed her and held her off. My Garmin had me at 13.25 and the last 1/4 mile was 5:52 pace!

I felt really good about my training, and I basically knew that unless I totally imploded I would PR, so it was really a question of by how much I would PR. That is a nice place to be on race day. I think the reason I was not mentally there is that I have been super busy at work, plus I lost some training due to my toe injury. But I left everything out there, and it was a great race.

Next A-race is Carlsbad half in late January. I plan to break 1:35 which seems very doable. I don't think I can cut 6:04 off my time in 3 months so I am not going to attempt my sub 1:30 yet, but we'll see how the next few weeks of training go. I have 3 or 4 fun trail races over the next 2 months as well, but those are just for fun.

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