However, a 22:00 offers no laurel I really want. I want 20:00. I'll need another race before I accomplish that, and, probably several, at least. These 2:00 will be harder to drop than the previous 3:12.
Next competitive race I will be running is "This One's for Jack." It is a 5K in the rolling side streets of Glen Ellyn, IL, behind Glenbard West High School. It might be a similar course to the Freedom Four 4-Miler in which I had a less than braggable adventure.
Redemption time? I won't say. I will say my plan is the same. Start at 6:30-6:40, and hold on. Hopefully, I'll return 6:45s instead of 7:14s.
Factors impacting my result compared to the Park Ridge Charity Run --
- Good: Cooler weather. Better health. A couple extra weeks of working out.
- Bad: Hills. Potentially cold weather.
- Best case scenario: 20:30 (6:35/mile pace, and I hold on throughout)
Worst case scenario: 22:30 (7:14/mile pace. If I start too hard and choke.)
- Summary expectation: 21:15-21:45.
- Steve Prefontaine
I'm not able to say I have forced any pace, nor punished myself yet in a 5K. My mind is still weak, and my body is only starting to respond when I look to call it into another gear. I am expecting this effort to be on the ready in the spring. I'm still in the process of getting 20+ years of kinks out.