dart challenge 5k this morning. in my opinion this is one of the best and most competitive 5ks in the state. it's full of budding cross country stars and former davis high standouts, and it's all organized by corbin talley (he has it down!)
predictably, the race starts out fast. it's a skinny elbow-throwing fest for the first 100m and the energy is high and intense. my race was very similar to last year -- i went out a little too fast and then faded at the end. my first mile was 5:48 (compared to 5:50 last year), followed by a 6:05 and a 6:07. my legs felt very drained and in the last mile i realized my arms were aching because i was pumping them so hard to compensate for the lack of leg power.
stefanie talley came in first, with natalie haws in second. i'm happy with the result of the race, as i feel like this is where i should be right now. last week's race left me feeling concerned that i had really derailed myself by running des news, but after this week i feel like i'm coming back into form for TOU. i didn't run quite as fast as last year (0.715% slower), but the time is within range of where i should be at this point.
TOU is four weeks from today. more accurately, it is 27 days, 16 hours, 53 minutes, and 13 seconds from right now. i'll be pacing 1:30 at the TOU half next weekend, followed by a 22 miler in two weeks, and then the layton classic 5k one week out. i will have to see how these next few weeks go, but i'm going to stay focused on my goal of sub-2:50.