The primary reason is that the race is always lined with enthusiastic crowds of spectators. The fact that the crowd is primarily there to see the trail riders who follow immediately behind the runners doesn't dampen my enjoyment at all.
- In the face of the screaming crowd starting the first 5K at a much too fast 6:56 average pace, which revealed itself in the final half pace of 7:46;
- Too many warm-up miles (3 versus an ideal 1), run at a get-to-the-start-before-they-begin frantic 8:00 pace versus an ideal 9:00;
- Arriving at the race start with less than five minutes remaining which prevented a sufficient cool-down;
- Not taking into account my leg fatigue having just six days prior run the Austin Half Marathon.