First time in what seems like forever trying anything fast. I was not expecting a lot other than to try and get back into a mindset of being able to run this pace with a goal of trying to see if I could break 1:30. Came pretty close to that goal and feel I was capable of doing it but lacked the confidence to push harder in the mid miles.
Weather was awesome and Jessica came with me and ran the 5K, so was cheering me on at the finish line. It's a great two loop course through the "olf Florida" town of Ozona running near the water and through tree lined neighborhoods and a bit on the Pinellas trail.
Had a good solid first mile but was also my fastest mile at 6:42. Started out with Ryan who was looking to run maybe a 7:00 pace or possibly also break 1:30 with me. My last mile was second fastest at 6:45. I had caught up to my age group nemesis Dr. Cottrell at the 12 mile marker. That sort of put the fear of being passed into him and he took off. At first I wasn't going to go after him but eventually did speed up and finished last mile with a 6:45 (he really took off and came in over 30 seconds ahead of me). And no one out kicked me at the end this year which was also good.
So, second place age group for me and 10th overall place.
Splits: 6:42, 6:55, 6:55, 6:57, 6:47, 7:00, 6:47, 6:53, 6:55, 7:15, 6:54, 7:00, 6:45, 0.11@5:47 pace