I haven’t done a 5K only race for over a year now so I decided to register for this race to test my fitness and speed. Prior to the race I did a 4 minute pre race warmup to get me ready to push the pace right from the start. Legs felt good immediately at the start of the race. Not usual but mile 1 would be my fastest split of the day at 6:15. Even with this solid performance I still felt I could have pushed some more but my legs simply didn’t have the turnover or strength needed.
Going forward I will start pushing the pacing on my interval workouts to get to a more consistent lower 6 min/mile.
Roosevelt Island made for a great venue for this 5K as the Island is pretty flat. There were a few narrow and sharp turns on the course but with fewer runners registered at about 500 it made for a less congested course as oppose to the 5000+ of the NY Road Runner races. Post race bagels were a treat.
I finished with over a minute PR from my last official 5K with a time of 19:56 (6:26/mile).
Finish Time: 19:56
AG Place: 6 / 43
Overall: 22 / 459