I ran the IF Half marathon today. Got a good time (1:15:39), faster than I thought I would, but the course logistics were a bit messed up and the course is short. I ended up in 2nd to a guy who missed a turn at mile 8 then I missed a turn at mile 12 and ended up within about 5 seconds of one another at the end (he got me). I went back and checked the course and I was "short" by about 0.05M (measured it). The photographer (a friend) was parked and sitting over the arrows and never said anything when I turned the wrong way.
Post scipt: Feel pretty crappy about my behavior, and missing the turn in the park. This is why I don't want to race...just run.
PSS: I went for drinks with my buddy who was the RD. He said he checked with the photogapher and the time stamp on our pics were only about 10 seconds apart. Just enough that the guy in front of me had just turned the corner when I came around the previous turn so I just missed seeing him at the turn. Their claim to "2 minutes or so in the lead" is not true!
Still a fast downhill for 6 miles then a grind for 7 miles of mostly flat. GI issues now bad after the race.
Justin did great and got a new PR (1:26 and change), as did several other friends (Jeremy, Ron, Mike, Pat, etc.).
Glad to be done, love running but getting tired and too old for racing. (Tangent)