I got to run a nice, small race today down in the Dismal Swamp (on a road). The course is a straight out-and-back about as flat as a parking lot. Not a lot of crowd support out away from the roads, but I don't really mind that. Plenty of water stops with HEED and even a gel stop.
I decided to push myself and see if I could break 1:30 and set a big PR. I fell off that pace around mile 5, but I kept a strong pace and only dropped 3 or 4 places in the second half. My blister issues returned in force on the right foot- guess it's time to try a different shoe.
I ended up finishing in 1:34:26 (a 1:54 PR). I'm pretty happy since I put myself in neutral following the Shamrock Marathon. 7th in the Age Group and 37th Overall and only chicked 3 times.
Might be my last race for a while as I'm close to deployment.