PR, NYCM guaranteed qualifier, BB A-wave qual, Top 5 -- all the stretch goals I had in mind for a perfect race (for me).
Hope that's not too self-indulgent, but pretty stoked, I definitely wanted this based on the (admittedly First-World) stress of the last few weeks. That's sometimes exactly what running is good for.
Fun course, great event, great town (we had never been there before!), more later when I have time. Grabbed (free) beer then headed back to finish the last 3 miles with J. She was a bit disappointed and didn't feel well all day. But she is an absolute rock in how she multi-tasks and stays patient, picks up the slack when I cannot, and is absolutely the best part of my life. Despite her walking and having pain while running, we turn the corner where the finish line came into view a quarter mile out, and she just picks it up without hesitation and starts running again! Awesome.
And she got me into running in the first place!
Actually raced a bit for position, which was fun (doesn't usually apply when I race at my pace/distance). First and last miles just under 6:00. Able to pick up a few spots along the way with even pacing and patience, and the high-schooler just in front of me was checking his shoulder a bit. Nice meeting some folks out there, and a big shout out to 2nd-place finisher Jeff Buechler, who is fast but also just goofing off and having fun a bit, but a class act that clapped and cheered even when J and other finishers were coming in.