Started the race looking to PR. I knewRichmond would be the place to do it since you could count on the weather. I had come off of a 5 week block of specific workouts and bigger volume and felt good. Came away with a 30 sec. PR.
It was breezy so I started relaxed with a pack then it was me and a GRC guy, 10 years my junior, in his debut half. 5:22,5:26,5:15 once we came out of the wind. After a 5:11 we were catching a few guys in the park where it got hilly after going past 10K a hair over 33 minutes. I broke away slowly after that and ran the rest of the race alone. Felt good late into the race for once and when the downhill came I floored it and was close to 16:00 the last 5K.
I also had the Nike VaporFly 4% shoes that feel odd as the stack height is high but they are light and that Zoom X foam plus the carbon fiber plate are amazing since I feel like you get more energy return. They definitely make you faster, as in more efficient, which helps. Love those shoes.
Happy to best a 3+ year PR.