2 weeks ago
You'll have to pardon my awful formatting. My normal blog editor is MIA so I'm manually editing my posts in HTML, which is awesome. (sarcasm)
I was definitely looking forward to this race as it is definitely one of the fastest 5k courses in the area. The past few times I had been in the race the weather was perfect and this contributed to some pretty fast times. I was unable to race this event last year due to dead legs from the marathon
This time I brought my family along. We arrived early and I noticed that there was a kids mile race and asked my son if he wanted to do it. Of course he said yes, and proceeded to run 8:03 for the mile. Not bad for 6, but I think we're going to keep him down at the sprints :-)
The weather was a little humid which is something I've never experienced on this course. I was told Colin Carroll was there but I was less concerned about racing and more concerned about getting a fast time in the books. Around 8:00 the gun went off and we took off. The first mile I was all by my lonesome. I went out at 4:59 with the goal of being sub 5. This was accomplished without too much effort. The problem arose at about 1.5 miles in. I noticed my pace was fading pretty badly with the same perceived effort. I tried to increase my effort level a bit but I knew it wasn't going to happen on this day. So I accepted fate and cruised right along until the last .1 when I became aware that I still had a chance at a sub 16 5k. I finished the last .1 in 24 seconds showing that I still had a bit of spring in the legs. The final time was 15:53. Not bad, but nothing special either. About par for the course. I was able to get my 2nd win of the year which is always a good thing and I'll take it. I have plenty of speed in the legs but it seems I need a good old fashioned boost in mileage to keep me going later on in races. I'm in luck because that's what I have planned.