Run: 13.1 Miles (Garmin 13.18) 1:35:30 7:15/mi Pace 10/327 OA
Starting to run my legs actually felt really good and I thought I might be poised for a good run. I felt a little tightness in my hips from being aero for so long, but I figured they would loosen up like they normally do after a few minutes. I ran the first mile in 6:33 which put me right on my target pace. From my training I figured I would be able to run a 1:26 with some work, and my worst case scenario was a 1:30. For the first 2.7 miles I felt like an absolute rock star running past all the athletes that were doing the olympic race. Once I hit the turnaround I asked the guy how many were in front again confirming how many athletes were ahead of me. He told me 5 and that the next was less than a minute ahead. I knew from riding the course on Saturday the toughest part was to come as I hit mile 3. I caught the guy that was running ahead of me and I could tell he was cracking, he stopped to walk, but he heard me coming and started back up again until he eventually pulled off to the side as I passed by. The roads were in terrible condition as most were flooded from the almost 2 inches of rain that had fallen during the race. We were running through flooded roads, mud, and in some cases deeper than ankle water. My shoes were soaked from the get-go so it didn't really bother me and I was impressed with the lack of hot-spots that developed with them being so wet, and me running sock-less. As I approached the hill on the course that many have named "the wall" I started to hear footsteps for the first time since heading on the half iron run course. As we started to to run up the hill he asked if it was the bad one, and I replied yes, as he ran swiftly by me. This was the first time I thought I might be in for a long day. I backed off on my pace a touch as my back started to show signs of locking up. The combination of the damp cold weather and the hills was starting to wear on me. I dropped my pace to a brisk walk for the middle of the 100 ft climb to see if I could save myself, and then quickly resumed running never losing sight of the athlete that just passed. As you come to the top of the hill you make your way out into a brutal neighborhood section that is nothing but rolling hills for the next 4 miles.