Massive half marathon PR (67 seconds). I feel like this has been due for a couple of years, but I've always been running fairly slow courses.
Tons of fast people showed up to this race (The winning time was actually 1:01:01 with 2 more sub 1:05.) So the race got out fast. I was in roughly 25th place at the mile (in 5:40). I thought that maybe some of the people ahead would start dropping back, but it never really happened. I moved up to 24th at about mile 4, but it seemed like everyone else was getting further away.
I started to gain ground a little after the turnaround at mile 7, but it took me four more miles to actually catch up to anyone. I moved into 23rd right at mile 11, and then into 22nd right at mile 12. That mile was actually my slowest of the race. I started to feel my lack of miles at the end of this race, but when it felt like I was barely moving it was still 6 flat pace. I managed to drop the pace again when I saw the mile 12 marker, finishing with a 5:49.
5:40, 5:52, 5:50, 5:48, 5:56, 5:56, 5:54, 5:56, 5:54, 5:57, 5:59, 6:02, 5:49, 35
My plan for the fall is to do marathon type prep for the Seattle half marathon. It will be hard to beat this time at that course however.