Makes sense, I'd tend to agree with everyone else and your thoughts here too. You can go out a little stronger, but keep a similar negative split plan that will allow you to not bonk. I suspect some of that fatigue at the end of the race could've been down to those really quick miles in the middle. When I ran mine, I felt pretty strong at the end as I was able to keep the last 5-6 miles steady with no super-fast ones and I think you can do the same with some 6:20s to close it out.
Slow Chump wrote:
The course is absolutely perfect, no hills to speak of. The weather was perfect too: 50 degrees and sunny, no wind. Only about 1200 runners in this race, so crowds weren't really an issue either.
I only took it out slow because of shell shock from bonking in a half marathon a few months prior, even though I was in much better shape for this one.
I agree, I may try a more consistent pace for my next race. take it out in 6:40 flat, drop into 6:30s and see how I feel around mile 9.