Saturday, September 8, 2012
Last 5k tune-up on the track this morning before Al's next Saturday. Because of last weeks good result I tend to hedge a bit. I hate to say it, but I ran by "feel" the first 1600m and went through in 5:53. I figured no biggie just keep doing that, but the second 1600m was 5:59 which meant I better crack it down if I wanted to get ahead of last week. Third 1600m in 5:50 and it was work, but I had enough to finish the last 200m in 37 which is good for me. Final result was 18:19, so under race conditions at an 8k I should be capable of around 29:35 - 29:40. I may do a 1600m on Tuesday at near 5:40 just to air it out a bit. I used to do a 3200m at race pace, but need a confidence booster. It would not surprise me if I went through the first mile at Al's in 5:40, but woulf prefer a 5:45. You just don't know on race day because you see everyone flying out there and it is tough not to get carried away. I'd like to get through 4 miles at 24:00 and put the hammer down, but everyone knows it's harder to do on race day then on the day your typing it in the computer.