Wesley Chapel 5K
19:21, 8th place overall
Beautiful morning, chilliest in a long time. I talked Joe and Jamie into coming with me. There were a few more people than last time but still a pretty small group. Yesterday was a very difficult run for me, feeling tight and slow. I wasn't sure what I could do today. I warmed up with some easy miles and a few quick strides but couldn't seem to get the speed I wanted.
Race started and I felt ok but not quite where I usually was. However I stuck with it and managed to get through the first mile and a pretty good 6:10 pace. Usually, I would gradually slow down a little bit each mile. I was running after a very fit looking woman named Lynn who had a pretty good gap on me.
Second mile was a little bit faster (surprisingly) at a 6:05 pace. Around the end of the second mile I finally caught up to Lynn and was actually feeling pretty good.
And finally, third mile and I did not slow down. Managed just a little bit faster at 6:00.9.
I had been looking just at my lap pace but had I known how close I was to my last time maybe I could have managed a little bit faster.
Crossed the line at 19:21 - exactly the same as last time but with very different splits. I also ran the tangents a little bit sloppier this time so my distance was slightly longer than last time.
Joe came in under 21:00 and Jamie had a PR by 3 seconds at 22:55 (unfortunately she was last place - but didn't seem to mind).
The winner, named Fred, PR'd at 14:35 (last race was 14:53), second place was 15:10 - so definitely one of the faster 5k race around.