PHSC "Run with the Bobcats" 5k, 21:58, overall 24th place, 1st AG (50-59)
This is one of my favorite local races. The course is pretty fast, there are a few tight turns but they make it interesting.
I was able to beat my time from last year by about 20 seconds. This was despite lingering foot issues that have cut down on my training, but on the plus side on the days I'm running pace is maybe a little faster and first miles are no longer horrendously slow like they had been getting.
Warmed up with a loop around the campus, about a mile (for the race course there are some additional jogs through parking lots and an out and back to stretch the mile loop to 1.5 miles). After the loop did a few strides and some dynamic warmups. At the end of the warmup it no longer felt cool. It was about 71 degrees and typical humidity.
Goal number one for this race was first mile sub-7:00 which I did manage. After the first mile slipped into a 7:10ish pace, and once I finished the second mile, part of me thought "ok, two good miles I can relax a little". But fortunately I ended up staying around the same pace. As I approached the finish line I could see 21:38 on the clock. It felt like plenty of time to make it under 22:00 but actually ended up being closer than I thought it would be.
So, splits were like 6:53, 7:11, 7:10, and last 0.13@6:21
Although faster this year than last year, last year my fastest mile was the last mile.
Tom ran and got 3rd overall and 1st AG with a time of 16:48.
Besides Tom, also saw a lot of the usual people that I run into - Sean, Walter, Chuck, Mike, Tara, Scott and running/organizing the race Coach Jacki and Coach Lee.