This will be my 8th consecutive 5K and 5th 5K this year. It will be my 4th 5K this year at Millersylvania so I am familiar with the course. I have two of my students meeting me here and they are both faster than me, so it should make for good competition. My foot feels OK after I warm up, but really hurts the morning after a good effort. Weather is nice.
Start - Mike, Dan and two dozen others toe the line at the start. We are off and Mike takes a quick and commanding lead. Amazing for someone who does not train at all.
Mile 1 - 6:30, right on schedule. Dan is ahead of me, but not out of reach.
Mile 1.55 - Turn around. Looks like I am in 8th place. Running strong and steady.
Mile 2.5 - Dan is slowing, or I am getting faster. I may be able to catch him.
Mile 2.9 - Pass Dan. It was so helpful to have him there to compete with, make me run faster.
Mile 3.1 - Yes!! 19:49, smash my PR by almost a minute!! On the same course where I have been running and I know it is not short. One of my greatest moments of running in my life. Talk smack with Dan and Mike (why don't you train and run more?!!) and head home happy.
7th of 25 runners, 1st in age group award