I wanted one more 5K before I start my "official" Chicago marathon training next week. It was a very small race sponsored by the local Habitat for Humanity so it was also for a good cause. There were about 30 runners including myself and Randall (who has often run with me the last 2 months). The race took place in Starkey park which has a nice paved bike trail. The course was pretty much straight out and back except for the first .1 miles and last .1 miles. I warmed up with 2.5 mile at 9:00 pace. It was already starting to get warmer, about 85° by the time the race started. There was some shade on the way out but full sun on the way back in. I did better on the first two miles but slowed down a little on the last mile. I had a new problem today, I didn't have anyone to chase down so it was just me against myself. Maybe I could have gone faster if there was someone else out in front but not having anyone in front was also nice. I'm not too far off from one of my goals of breaking 20:00 5k.
I won a $50 gift certificate to Dick's Sporting Goods and a nice engraved hammer as the "trophy"
Now I can concentrate more on endurance because due to many different charts my 5K time reasonably predicts that I have the capability with the proper training of getting a 3:20. This 5K was 38 seconds faster after two pretty solid months of steady running.