Ran the Bruggen Ten (10-Miles) placing 3rd overall in a new personal best of 55:14. I ran this race because my work asked me early on to run for the team competition. I wasn't expecting much coming out of it because it was only the 2nd week of recovery from the Hamburg Marathon. The legs felt fairly good all week though. I only did short and very easy runs on Monday to Friday (6, 5, 6, 5, & 5 miles).
Briefly about my race. I came across the 1st mile in 5:27 feeling comfortable. Over the next couple miles I worked my way up to 4th place. By the halfway mark (5M in 27:51), I caught and overtook the 3rd runner and could also see the 2nd runner about 150 meters ahead. I kept pressing trying to close the gap from miles 6-8, but only managed to pull back about 50 meters. At 9 miles, the 2nd runner for the first time looked back. I could see and knew at this point that he was just trying to hold on. I slowly reeled him in over the last mile, but it was too late as he crossed the finish about 5 seconds faster than me. 2nd place would have been nice, but I can't complain since it was a PR by over a minute. Our team (JFC Brunssum) took both the Overall and NATO team competition.