This is my third week of racing a 5K. The first two weeks were indoor meets and coming off of a PR at Mason last week, I was expecting to run 15:20 today. This was because the road course was flat and there was only one turn-a-round cone. I cam close and PRed again, which is great. However, I was only 4th and kind of banked on winning the race again like I did last year and picking up $100. Instead, I finished outside the money and walked away with no paycheck.
First mile there was a large pack and Jerry took us out in 4:59. I bided my time a little longer until after the turn-a-round at which point I gunned it like I did last year and figured the leader would fall back. That happed for like 10 seconds and he was right back gunning it on me and ever so slightly making a gap. After two miles a skinny-ass dude with a funny stride passed me, then I passed him back then by mile 3 he was right ahead of me. At mile three some dude snuck up on me and out kicked me for the third spot. I ran 15:29 to win last year, ran 15:24 to finish 4th here this year.
It was overall a good day as I did a superb job of pacing. I ran every mile under 5 flat, something I've never done before. My splits were more or less 4:59,4:58,4:55 or there-a-bouts. This is better but it's time to get back to work for the next three weeks with some solid training. By the time spring rolls around, I will be ready to fly.
PM: 1 hr. pool run