Race day! First time racing in the jersey my brother gave me, and first time running a track race since 2019. My plan was to go out at the back of the pack and finish strong. That's basically what I did. Had to run sub 8:30 to PR and I ran 8:27.02. Not a huge improvement but we haven't really been training for this. I hope to continue to improve a lot. I saw my splits afterward though and I must say I am impressed with my teammates' ability to pace. I think I hit about 54 for each fifth-mile lap, with a 55 and maybe a 53 thrown in there, until the last lap.
Side note: I ran really well here two years ago (8:39 was my time and that was really good for me). I concluded three specific things helped me run well that all started with R: I was rested (took a power nap before), relaxed (not nervous), and ready (had run a race pace 400 on the outdoor track berforehand). Well, I did those same things today! Once again, my race pace 400 was slow (70) and felt hard. So it's nice to go in the race and be able to somehow run 67s. Also, I'm just happy to be healthy.