Warm and humid day (65; 100%; 9 mph ESE) led to less than ideal conditions. I knew a PR was out the window even though the training for such was there. Running a couple of minutes faster than last year (when 40 degrees at gun time) and being in a new age group (50-54) allowed me to earn my first award medal at Houston in my 4th time at this event.
Post race they have scales out just past the finish; after half a bottle of gatorade I weighed 169 lbs. Another problem is it had been in 80's in Houston during the week and the cedar pollen was very evident; I had a cough after running on Friday morning and still had it all night & race morning. All in all this is still an ideal course, but for faster times the weather needs to be much colder.
Likely going back a 5th time in 2018!