Three days after running 5K in 19:22, I put in an 18:57 at Run Wild. According to the official results, 29th place overall, 7th in the M30-39 age group, with a 6:07 minutes/mile pace. I’d have to drop 90 seconds to get to top three in the age group. Not gonna happen.
The dinosaur T-shirt is already on the boy, even if it’s disappointing that Gary Larsen’s Far Side cartoons are no longer the signature of the event. (Wish I knew why.) But another Golden Gate Park race, this time with a big crowd, especially since the rain held off. The 5K is flat, though with a gradual slide downhill for the first half, and a returning gentle grade uphill in the second half.
6:58 for the final 1.1 miles, which is effectively 6:20 pace.
(Round up for the missing seconds; splits were watch time only.)
I felt like I ran the last half-mile aggressively, but maybe at that point in the race, it’s all relative. There was no way I’d hang on to that first mile pace but I would hope to control the slowing. Still, I’ll take a sub-19 5K.