Here's the report:
This is kinda my "where am I in my training race". I've raced it now 5 years in a row this being my 2nd fastest time. They did change it from an out and back to a point to point last year. I believe the point to point is a little tougher even though overall its now a little more downhill.
My goal in this race consisted of three things: 1) Don't run the first mile too fast (goal was 7:30), 2) Run mile 10 below 8:00, 3) Run mile 13 below 7:00. The rest was to be run at a comfortably hard pace.
I actually surprised myself in the results and realizid I left some on the course after I was done. With allof the hot weather I've been training through, and the inconsistent training, my confidence was wavering.
Luckily the weather just happened to turn cool on the exact day of the race! About 50 degrees to start and 60 degrees at the finish. I now feel more confident going into the full marathon in two weeks. This time equates to about a 3:17 marathon but I'm not going to be that bold but probably shoot for about 3:25.
Here's the splits:
1) 7:23 145
2) 7:15. 157
3) 7:13 161
4) 7:17 161
5) 7:17 159
6) 7:21 160
7) 7:05 160
8) 7:14 160
9) 7:14 161
Time: 1:34:06 HR 161
My normal HR Avg. Has always been 165-166. I think I could have pushed it to the mid 160's through the middle of the race and gained a minute or so.
Fun race! I felt great afterwards. :-)