Let me get the excuses out of the way first.
1. Hot - 75 degrees for the 6:45 am start.
2. Humid and raining.
3. Headwind the entire way.
4. New eco friendly racing flats suck - no traction on wet, slippery roads, slipping on every stride push-off for 13 miles.
5. Less than 2 hours sleep.
The conditions were really less than ideal. All of the times across the board were about 3 minutes off of last year. So even though I didn't reach my goal of 1:14 or so, I'm really happy with my overall finish in the masters field which brought in a lot of top runners from all over the country. Not me though - I brought myself in.
Two things I'm happy with - my 10k split of 35:50 ain't bad for January, and my last mile in 5:40. Not happy with my attitude in the middle miles. Lacked intensity and was generally apathetic and was mostly letting my mind dwell on the difficult conditions and poor footing. All things considered though, I think I'm ahead of where I was last year and can maybe shoot for a 1:14 at the Salt Lake Half.