Run 1:22:25  13.1 mi (6:17 / mi) +106m 6:08 / mi
Tapered all week, to try to see if I could run a 1:23 half. 21 second PR, and because I'm getting old, enough to qualify me in to NY. 6:20s, for 13 miles. I had no idea.
Stayed with my sister and BiL, who were planning to spectate, and I was their excuse to leave early. Easy drive up, in line to pee, and then climbed through the fence to get in to the start pen. Gun goes off, start running with the lead pack, then dropped off. 5:57 first mile, which I planned, but then dialed back a bit. Double loop, so you get the lay of the land the first time around. In to the wind and uphill the first 3ish miles, but I was able to keep under pace, and bank about a minute of time in the first half. Decent tailwind in places on the way back. Good to know.
First "borrowing" mile at mile 7, uphill and in to the wind, but 6:21, so not much to borrow. Found a guy to draft and did so (runners so don't get drafting). Followed him across the bridge, drafting when need be, and borrowed again, but 6:23. Down the other side of the river, less wind, still running with the guy, not really chatting because I was running 3:10 800s, which I can do pretty easily, but I was running 26 of them in a row. But kept pace, and had a minute of time banked, and ran even splits down the river.
Came to the last mile without the need for a finish kick, so ran pretty much even splits. HR crept up towards L4 near the end, and I felt my legs, but hey I had a mile to go, 6:50 to run it in, and just didn't need to fall apart. Knew where I was, and what I needed to do, and cruised in, well under time and happy with the even splits. (FWIW: 5:57, 6:06, 6:17, 6:12, 6:13, 6:11, 6:21, 6:23, 6:14, 6:20, 6:18, 6:16, 6:11.)
Perfect weather—45˚, cloudy and breezy—helped a lot. Cheering helped some, drafting helped some, and being in decent shape for it helped a bit I guess. Now I can focus back on strength (gave up #deckaday when the weather looked good for this) and vert and mountains and skis.
Also sorry Alex, I probably won't try another one next weekend.