DES NEWS HALF MARATHON
I've been a little sick the last few days with a sore throat and some fatigue. I knew that Brett Hales was racing and also Ben. So, I figured I couldn't take first; even with full energy and my A+ game Brett would've beat me (he ran 1:04:17). So I started the race conservatively. I felt terrible in the early miles. So I eased up a bit and let Ben, who was 5 seconds back, catch up. I told him I'd help pace him to his sub-1:07 goal for as long as I could, but that likely I'd drop back or drop out at some point. So I paced him to about 9.5 or so. At that point he fell back a bit, but we were well ahead of 1:06:59 pace, so I figured he was good.
I was starting to feel a bit better, best I had in the race, so I pushed the last 5k and finished decently in 1:05:53, which is better than I could've imagined at mile 3 when I felt so terrible. Ben got his goal and PR in 1:06:47, so that was awesome. I don't have splits as my watch didn't charge properly last night, but the splits are basically same as Ben thru 9 miles and then 15-20 seconds faster per mile for last four.
PM: 5.1 miles on the Centennial trail after work, avg pace 7:08/mile.