I had a few people comment to me something along the lines of, "You sure do blow up a lot," and "Why do you keep doing exactly the same thing and hoping for a different result? If you go out too hard you are going to blow up."
Amazingly, I took this to heart.
I decided that instead of trying to "race" the LA13.1 I was going in with a plan!
Run 10 miles at a 9:00/mile pace.
Run 3.1 miles as fast as I could.
Do it in that order, not the other way around, like you usually do.
Ran 10 miles at an 8:57/mile pace.
Ran 3.1 miles fast as hell.
Final time, not that it matters was 1:53:39. Most importantly, I ran really strong at the end of 10, I have never done that before, and I ran my desired pace and proved to myself that I could do it. Pacing and patience, never really a strong suit of mine. I know I have a long way to go before I can say that I am good at it but this was a huge step in the right direction.