Well I went out too fast, as my 5 mile stats show. Infact at the 10k point I was only about a minute behind my record 10k. And I was already running out of steam, to the point of exhaustion. The final half of the race would be a struggle to try and hold on. My speed dropped, close to a minute per mile less.
Finished, at last!
Despite the last couple miles of slow pace, I finished strong, picking up the pace for the final 1/2 mile. 1hr 40 min... an improvement of 10 minutes from my first 1/2 marathon the previous year. This is a pretty competitive race, so even in my age group I didnt score (86th out of 598) but still I think real good for my second one. All of my friends that ran it finished in over 2hrs.
After a good race I always have a good beer, this guy I let age a year in my cellar.