The goal for this race was simple run a PR and get closer to the year goal of breaking 2:40. I got in an easy mile with Eric prior to heading to the line, caught up with a few friends and tucked into the 3rd row. As the gun went off the lead women were just ahead of me, instead of running with them I decided to keep them close and get into that group a little later. Hit the 2m mark at 12:20 everything felt loose and relaxed, other then my sunglasses fogging up. Decide to ditch them at 2.5 when we passed by Macknight heading to the out and back highway section. We cruised right thru this section, it was cools to see the leaders and how everything was playing out in those early miles. As we got closer to town the gap with the lead women began to close, I gave myself the goal of 11m to get with them. We cruised thru downtown and towards the 10m mark (61:20) the next few miles were run solo trying to bridge the gap. I hit the half way point in 1:21:10 perfect, as I was heading down the bike path I started to noticed some tightness in my right hip. I tried to stay positive with the look of the hills to hopefully shake things out and regain my stride. I'll spare the details of the 2nd half and give the short story..my hip flexer never loosened up and proceeded to only get tighter and spreading down my quad. By 17m I had switched from the goal of a PR to just getting to the finish line.
Overall - not what I was hoping for I felt very fit going into this race and thought this would play out well. Instead I was left with a sour taste in my mouth and more motivation to build towards the fall!!
19-7:44(with a stop)
25-7:38 (Eric jumped in)
Total - 2:57:58