I had about 4 miles of warmup including running the course (with Darin and Nate Huppe) plus some strides and other warming up before the race.
I hit splits of 5:10 / 5:02 / 5:11. The last mile was tough with a decent hill before a nice downhill and flat section to the finish. The course is pretty slow though. I was talking w/ some others yesterday who've run it before and they mentioned unanimously that it teeters on 20-25 seconds on the slower side. It's got some twists and turns plus some decent little ups here and there. Maybe about one hill per mile that just add a few seconds here and there. I was pretty surprised at how slow the first mile was. I was certain I'd at least hit 4:50s but it was deceivingly slow. I was getting blown out by 1.5 and felt I was going pretty damn hard. The dude who won was there from West Point with the entire West Point Marathon Team (that Todd was a member of). It was cool to have one of them win. He was pretty legit and led from the gun. He's a 2:25 marathoner who's running Boston in a couple weeks. I was in second for a brief bit but ended up running in third almost the entire way. The wind wasn't a factor thank God. I had a big group of the West Point guys right behind me the entire race. I was thinking I wouldn't even be top 5 or 6 but was able to hold them off.
I came through in a surprising 16:01 which I have got to think is worth a bit faster on a flatter course for sure. Justin Fyffe's 15:09 from 2009 is amazing. I got $50 for my efforts. That's 2 cashes in 3 weeks... not bad.
Another 2 miles easy with Nate and Darin and made it back right before the awards. Then Darin and I headed over to UNH to pick up Alex and were home by 12:30 or so. Good day overall...good speed work...good race experience....and good to get another race under my belt this year. I would have definitely had a better chance running mid 15 at SEA 5k or even Rochester maybe, but I was glad I went to Todd's and finally got a chance to check out that race. It's not a PR course and I may opt out in the future now that I know it's not a spot to bang out a quick 5k (especially in April) but it's a great event and I was proud to support Todd's family and the memorial scholarship fund.