Big road races are so much less stressful than track races. You get to start with thousands of other people who don’t even know you’re an elite, you get to pace with some of the sub-elite men, and you can zone out while bands play on the side of the road.
At least these were the thoughts going through my head while I was on my way to Pittsburgh for the USATF half marathon championships. Oh- how naive I was to think that I would be mixed in with everyday runners, hidden in the crowd, and in the perfect environment to make a million excuses to slow down and relax the pace...not the case! Read on to see!