Time: 23:16 (avg. pace 7:45)
Splits: 7:43, 7:53, 7:40
At this pace, I would finish a 5k in 24:03. My goal for Saturday's 5k (Run for Nie - see Discussion Forum) is to break 24. I feel confident that I can. But I've been doing some thinking. Last week I ran a mile in 7:05. Shouldn't it stand to reason that I could do 3.1 miles 20 seconds slower? If I could average 7:25 per mile, I could run the 5k in 23 minutes. Who knows what could happen in a race? Generally though I start out too fast and wear myself out. Then I get complacent with letting people pass me. Once the first person passes me I think, "Well I'll just run right behind them for a bit." Before long someone else passes me, and I think the same thing. Finally I've fallen so far behind that I don't even have the will power at the end to try and catch anyone. So Saturday I resolve to just run at the pace I'm comfortable with during my training. I resolve to have the energy at the end of the race to have a kick left. Most importantly, I resolve to have fun as always.