He caught up to me and we ran together until Bloomingdale. I stopped quickly to grab some water and then caught back up to him. Little did I know, we'd end up pushing each other for 20+ miles, right until the very finish. We started pushing the pace and I looked down and saw 6:40s. I was kind of scared, because I realized we were going to be running nearly 34 miles, but I was feeling great so we kept at it.
Over the course of the race, we continually picked people off as we ran side by side. We were making an incredible team. We caught the last guy with a little over a mile to go and he seemed very bummed when we told him we were doing the Ultra. The last mile was a 6:07 pace, I couldn't believe it. I hammered down the last few with Rob and it came down to a sprint to the finish. Rob edged me out by two seconds, but I most certainly wasn't bitter. If it weren't for him, I would have never pushed that hard to begin with. I managed 4th place overall and won my age group. I was pretty satisfied with the fact that I ran a 6:53 pace for almost 34 miles and besides Rob, the only people that beat me was a former world champion ultra runner that ran a 3:38 and broke the course record, and the two time reigning champ. Next year, I want to take a stab at that 3:38. Overall, it was a very rewarding day and I was pleased with how I did. I'm definitely digging these ultras. The strangest part about this one was that I think I could have held that pace for a good 5 more miles, which I means I should have pushed harder, especially earlier. Next race will be the Glass City Marathon coming up, but I am really looking forward to the Yankee Springs full!