Everybody loses! Nobody picked 23:00 - 23:59, so I guess I don't have to call in 'sick' for anybody. Which is good, because I'm not sure I'd be any good at that anyway. Also, the voting doesn't record who voted for what, so I'd have no idea who won anyway. It's not a perfect system.
It was pretty warm out there, and I was ready to die at the end. My heart was pounding and my hands were shaking for about 20 minutes after the race. I wish this race went through downtown more, the out and back is not as pleasant and there's a big underpass which I was not happy about. One good thing about this race is, that it's very large and attracts a lot of walkers and general baseball fans that don't run very much, so a guy like me can finish in the top 20%. In a typical race, I'm happy to break 50%.
I was telling people beforehand that I wanted to break 25 minutes, but really, I wanted to break 24 minutes. 25 was my public goal ;). I know this is my best 5K, which is mostly true because I only run 1 or 2 of them each year. I think my best race still has to be the Park to Park 5 miler last year, because I ran about this same pace for 5 miles total. But a lot has happened since that race, like when I got injured, and then I got fat, and then I quit running, and then I started running again, and then I quit running once again, and then I started running everyday, and now here I am. I had slumped big-time in my focus and fitness, but I think I'm in about as good a shape now as I was for that 5 miler, which is not bad for only 97 days worth of focused training since the last time I quit. I feel like I'm entering uncharted territory again.
Here are the splits:
First mile - 7:49
Second mile - 7:34
Last 1.1 miles - 8:24
My watch says 23:47, but the results on ITR say, 23:41. I'm starting to think something's wrong with the system, because nobody shows a chip differential less than 6 seconds, so I think the system might have lost six seconds for everybody.
The fresh salty popcorn I was looking forward to after this race was disappointing. Instead they had some old popcorn that was left over from the last home game, or maybe it was just the stuff they collected from under the seats.
So that's all the racing I'll be doing for a while, probably until the Bloggers v. Seven Hills grudge race in August. It seems all my miles are paying off, so I'm looking forward to more training, training, training, without the disruption that comes with tapering, racing, and recovering.
That's all for now,
12 miles tomorrow.