this was a long morning, as i dropped james off at the half marathon buses and then had 4+ hours to kill before the 9am start of the 5k. i'm not too familiar with the city of provo, so i wasn't sure about the best early morning hangout spots. i ended up in smith's parking lot, which was a riot.
i ate four breakfasts. the first one was my typical pre-race granola/banana/coffee, then i had some toast (my car has a toaster), then two packages of fun dip, a baby bottle pop, one package of big league chew (original flavor), five slabs of tofu jerky, a half pint of lemon sorbet, one gallon of orange juice, one half gallon of whole milk, a pint of raspberries, four tubes of pringles, a tombstone pizza (still frozen), and two bags of nails (they were 2/$1 -- you rarely see those prices anymore).
i started my warmup at 7:45 and ran ~3 miles to the 5k start. i realized when i got to the start that i had left my chip and bib in my car, but it was too late to run there and back again. i asked for another bib/chip and the registration folks kindly sorted it all out (thank you). i was really not thinking clearly this morning. i also ran a red light.
i ran a short warmup with spencer and bill and then did a few strides.
the race was pretty uneventful. i ran solo for most of it, although we were running right alongside the half marathoners so technically i wasn't alone. but it was tough to get a sense of pace because the half marathoners were running around 12 minutes/mile and the only mile markers were 10-13 of the half, which didn't quite match up with the 5k. i did get one split between markers 11 and 12, and it was 5:40.
at this point i knew i probably had the sub-18, but i started thinking that my first mile had probably been too conservative (it was). i really had to turn it on in the last mile to go under 17:50. i felt good throughout the race, and thinking back on the way that i felt in that first mile, i probably should have been more aggressive. i haven't run a 5k for a couple of months, and it always seems to take a race or two to find that tricky balance of pushing to the limit but not actually going over the limit until the final 0.1.
this course is aided, so i was targeting 17:30s, but i am satisfied with the 17:45 at this point in the year. sub-17:30 is still the big goal though, and i want to do it on an honest course. hopefully i can do that later this summer. my spring 5k plans didn't work out, both with the training and the race itself (i had to scratch the tucson 5000)...so this will have to happen amidst marathon training.
the race was sponsored by trapnell orthodontics.