I don't have any races on the horizon. I'll probably just work on starting to building up my base mileage and getting into shape for some of the longer fall races.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
4th of July 5k - 16:59 - 10th overall
I wasn't really disappointed, but not really thrilled with how I ran in this race. I was hoping to run 15 - 30 seconds quicker but considering the times most of the other people were running, I don't feel too bad. I decided to start off a little easier and see if it would help me have something left in the tank at the end of the race. I was running a comfortable pace about 1/2 a mile in, but the guys I usually run with were pulling away from me. I hit the first mile in 5:34 which was about 10 seconds slower than I was planning on running. After mile 1 I picked up the pace some and started catching some of the guys ahead of me. I passed Joe Flores and John Yoder during mile 2 and started catching up to Sam Rodriguez and Joe Oviedo. My mile 2 split was 5:24 and I the guys ahead of me looked like they were slowing down some. I passed Sam and Joe Oviedo and Gerardo Mora was the only person ahead of me within striking distance. He had about a 5 or 6 second lead on me with about 3/4 of a mile to go, but I just wasn't reeling him in very fast. My mile 3 split was 5:30. I tried to pick it up the last tenth of a mile but he looked back and saw me coming and picked it up a little more to finish a couple seconds ahead of me. The weather was miserable like usual - about 80 degrees and very humid out. I was glad that my first mile was the slowest though I would have liked my last mile to be down around 5:20 or better.