Just a quick post of the official time from the USA 10-miler, posted on ITR
1st 5 mile - 1:13:48.5 (14:35 pace)
2nd 5 miles - 1:09:59.2 (14:00 pace)
Total time - 2:23:47.7
Chip time - 2:22:57.1
I can definitely beat that!!! (...in 2007) :)
I usually don't go back and edit posts after comments have been made but I'm going to.
Regarding the negative split, I'm not really sure it's a good thing. I think it's an indication of my inexperience and frankly that I'm just a great big chicken. This was my first long(er) distance race and I was very concerned about going out too fast and crashing at the end. Personally, I have no idea how to run a longer race like this. Do you try to hold an even pace? Do you run harder at the beginning and then just try to hold on and gut it out and limp across the finish? Do you run till you puke? I have no idea. Race strategy is something I need to learn more about and something I'll gain with more experience. That's why the warmup series leading up to the marathon is going to be so important to me.