I ate a Honey Stinger waffle as I left the hotel and had another one an hour before the 7:30am race start. 40 minutes before the race start, I did a scoop and a half of Generation UCAN. About 30 minutes before the start I headed out for an easy 1.5 miles after doing my dynamic warm-up routine. The wind wasn't bad but it was cold. It was 24 degrees when we lined up for the start where I met fellow Running Syndicate runner Antoine Fitzgerald. It might have been too cold for some people to wear shorts and a singlet but that's what I opted to wear along with arm warmers, gloves, and a beanie. I knew I would warm up once I got going and how often have you seen really fast people race in tights and long sleeves regardless of the weather?
The race started and I got out to a good start. The wave corrals made it a lot more manageable with two minutes between the start of each wave. My race plan was to run the first half at 6:08-6:10 pace and then pick it up the second half and negative split it. Philip told me negative splits was the way to go and that the second half can be 5-10 seconds a mile faster if conditions are good. I opened with a 6:08 mile.
I felt great and comfortable as we left the park on another short steep uphill. I ran miles seven and eight in 6:02 and 6:08. It was now go time. I had Philip's advice in my head, "5-10 seconds a mile faster the second half". I attacked the final 5.1 miles. It all came together beautifully as I got in a Running Flow. I was feeling so strong and smooth as I caught and dropped runners ahead of me. I looked at my watch and saw that I was running sub 6 pace and I thought my watch was off because it just didn't feel like I was which was a good sign.
With one mile to go and I knew it was going to be close to a PR so I kept grinding away at sub 6 pace. I ran mile thirteen in 5:53 and flew down the hill to finish the last 200m at 4:51 pace. I finished in 1:19:42 for 51st overall out of 7,811. I placed 12th out of 361 in the Male 30-34 age group and placed 44th out of 2,773 males.
My race apparel worked out well. My hands were cold, even in Smartwool liner gloves, for the first couple miles but after that they were good to go. I felt comfortable in what I had on and was glad I didn't have more on when I ran the second half at sub 6 pace. I rather be a little chilly than a little warm in a race. I love running and especially racing in the cold. I'd love to have that weather for marathon.
Socks: Smartwool PhD Run Light Elite
Shoes: New Balance 1400v4
Shorts: Adidas Supernova short tight
Singlet: Adidas The Running Syndicate
Arm Sleeves: Asics arm warmers
Road ID Wrist ID Slim
Watch: Garmin 920XT
Gloves: Smartwool Liner Gloves
Sunglasses: Rudy Project Tralyx
Beanie: Smartwool PhD ultralight beanie