I was not feeling very confident going into the race, in fact, I was really doubting my abilities to run a good time mainly because I got so lazy with my training at the end of July and start of August.
My goal was to get below 5:35 to get the nice tech shirt for hitting the ‘A’ standard and realistic I thought I could be between 5:10 and 5:20.
Ran in the open race so I'd be at the front of the pack instead of the rear of the Elite mens' race. I wanted to start hard and push as long as I could. The course is a open square with 3 left turns and it's dead flat.
72,83,82,81. Total time 5:18
Got 7th in the open race and 27th overall. Not bad.
I probably went out a little fast but I seem to run better in short races when I do that and I wasn't sure what I was capable of overall. I can survive and hang on better than try to make up time after a conservative start. Between 1/4 and 1/2, I passed 3-4 people that started a little fast. Only managed two people get by me and that was late in the race. It was so short, over before I knew it but it really hurt bad especially in my chest because I think I’m fighting off a mild cold. It was a good race esepcailly for being super lazy most of July and the start of August.