Another 5000m PR, but just barely.
There were more people running this week and based on seed times it seemed like there would be a lot of people running around 17flat. It only took about 200m for a group of 6 to form. I hit 200m in 41 right on the heels of three runners from the tacoma city running club as well as Antonio Hernandez, who ran 17:03 two weeks ago (when I ran 17:14). There was another guy right on my shoulder with really long hair.
The lead guy from Tacoma was olympic trial qualifier greg leak and I think he was pacing the other two to 17flat.
The first 4 laps were great, maybe a little faster than I wanted.
81.7, 79.0,80.5, 80.4
We hit the mile at about 5:21, but then it stopped being easy. The 5th lap was only 81.7 and the tacoma city runners were starting to breath a lot harder. At 2000m I moved the front of the pack and started to set the pace more to my own liking. I figured that if I started to lose it then someone would pass me back. I ran 81.6 for the 6th lap. I was starting to gain on the 2nd place guy (1st was long gone). However right as I caught him I heard some rapid breathing and a high school age runner passed by me. I only ran 82.0 for that lap then 81.5, 81.5 trying to stay with the new guy. Mile 2 5:27.
With 3.5 laps to go I was really hurting and I still had 3-4 guys right on my heels. I let off the gas a little bit as I always seem to do in the 5k. 82.3 for lap 10 and 82.7 for lap 11. Picked it up again with a 81.0 for lap 12 and then 36.5 final 200m.
km splits 3:21, 3:22,3:24,3:23,3:22