I met Ben, Dave, and Jason for a warmup at the Dee. We warmed up just over four miles. I did one stride, wanting to be warmed up, but not so much that I started too fast. My workout this morning was 6 miles at marathon effort, 3 at half marathon effort, and 1 at 10k effort. The key word being effort, since this course is a hilly beast, with essentially no flat sections.
Ben ran the first two miles with me and we joked around a bit, kept it pretty conservative. During mile 3 he said, "Have a good one!" and dropped back a bit. I stuck with the conservative, marathon-paced effort through mile 6, which is right in between the two monster uphills and then I turned it up a notch for mile 7 and the second half of the hills. Finished really strong and felt great afterwards. Finished in a time of 55:46 and 1st place.
Mile markers were off quite a bit, so here's Strava splits (the lead cop vehicle DID NOT want me running tangents, so my watch actually had 10.18 miles, so these splits are faster than what the mile markers would've yielded had they been placed in the correct spots):
5:36, 5:05, 5:25, 5:33, 5:48, 6:18, 6:02, 5:05, 4:54, 5:13, and 4:34 for the last 0.18.
Not quite the CR, but they lengthened it once it was certified in 2014, and this is the fastest time post-certification and extension.