I felt good going into this race, but also went in with little expectations. The Island Series had taught me that no matter how well my training was going, race day can yield different results. I also had begun some longer distance training (up to ~28k) in preparation for a summer marathon, so I knew covering the distance should be manageable.
The race started well, and the rain was coming down hard. I tried to begin slightly slow, and settle into a steady pace. I was excited that around the 3k mark, Chris Callendar jumped out of the spectators and ran with me. I actually had forgotten my watch for the race, so it was awesome having Chris telling me my split times, which were consistently ~4 min/k. Chris paced me to the 11k mark, and then rejoined me around the 13k mark. He would stay with me until ~km 20, and was totally encouraging. I knew my pace was decent, and I was pretty impressed with myself how well I held it together. I was even able to pick off about 3 guys in the 2nd half of the race. I don't think I slowed down at all.
My racing flats did the trick, and I hammered this 1/2 in a time of 1:23:12. It was a new PB for me, and I was so excited that I performed at this level. This, to me, seemed way more consistent with the training I had been putting in. 16th overall, 4th in my age group. Super excited about this one.