Perhaps I was running a little too relaxed
I stuck with starting near the back again, it does cost you seconds with reaching the actual start line but I've found that I pace myself better doing this, ie not jackrabbiting the first mile with getting caught up with the faster runners. Once we all got settled into a rhythm I started focussing on surging forward and passing with a purpose, most of the time it worked but it is something that has to be practised so as not to slow down to much once you've made your move. I also started it much earlier than I normally do which is doable if you are keeping a comfortably hard pace rather than being full out.
The Stute BDL race splits
As you can see from the table above I was slightly faster this year despite not being back in form...and you can see that the first mile in 2014 is why I struggled with the rest of the race. That was NOT racing smart! Mile 3 is where the incline is and I still lost time on it but it was back down to a more reasonable split time with miles 4 and 5. I am very happy with this pacing!
Finish line approach in between 2 club mates
Placement comparison is interesting--I finished 211/339 overall, 34/115 women, and 4/13 in the VL45 category this year. Last year it was 202/308, 34/100, and 4/12. The first place woman in the VL45 category finished in 31:34, almost 9 minutes ahead of me, 3rd place was 37:48, again quite similar to last year's times and places, not sure I have 2 minutes faster in my legs.