- The sun was shining, and the race didn't have a 6 AM start. Woo hoo!
- My first couple of miles were at about a 10-minute pace, so I knew that I had a good chance of getting a PR (since my pace needed only be faster than an 11:55). I thought, "Even if I have a couple of slow miles today, I still might beat my previous record."
- My new Brooks T7s were light on my feet, and my legs felt well rested since I didn't run while in Boston or New York.
- I was feeling under the weather, so my lungs were my biggest enemy; I felt like I couldn't get a full breath of air, and my occasional coughing fits slowed me down.
- Around mile 5 my feet started feeling like they were developing some blisters, but they didn't hurt me too bad. I decided to run the last 1.2 miles as fast and as strong as possible.
- I breezed by two or three runners in the final few yards of the race. I like finishing my races with a sprint.
- I got a frosty beer at the finish line and a jet boat ride back to my car... and all for a $10 registration fee. Nice.
I came in at 1:08:58, which is an 11:06 pace. I feel pretty good about that time and look forward to my next race on Sunday. I just hope this cough subsides a bit; I'd like to be healthy for Bloomsday.