I was hoping to carry over some high altitude training camp/wedding magic into this race. However, it seems like it got canceled out by the humid conditions.
I actually led this race through the mile. Everyone had started out kind of slowly and I saw the opportunity to lead for a bit. The first mile was downhill and the pace felt appropriate but my legs felt like jelly. I hit the mile at 5:30 (course tool 5:25) and then was immediately passed by 9 people. Second mile was 5:57 (course tool 5:40) so I clearly tanked this mile. I fell well behind the leading pack of 9 but no one else passed me.
I rallied a little with a 5:47 third mile (course tool 5:29) and started to make up some ground, passing one person, but then I feel off quite a bit at the end with a 5:49 (course tool 5:39). I got passed by someone else and several guys were coming up behind me.