What a difference a week and not doing a hard workout on Thursday makes. Pretty happy with this, especially since it was a completely solo effort. Never passed anyone nor got passed after the first 100 yards of the race. Finished 8th but could not even see 7th after about a mile and a half.
Perfect weather. Ran faster than I did at this race in 2008 (granted, in a downpour) when I was in pretty sick shape. I'm not saying I'm in that kind of shape, or really close to that, but I'm getting back into the right range anyway. Obviously not as fast as when I won this race in 2010, but that factoid does not really help my argument so I'm choosing to downplay that one.