In a very Atlanta turn of events, a sinkhole opened at the 2 mile mark of the Jog Days/Tailgate 5K course. Fortunately, the ATC is great so they put on a road mile instead. The course that the had to use was kind of whack:
Very downhill start with a ton of people ahead of me, then a sharp left turn onto Wieca. We started heading uphill and I gradually passed people. I could already see that Blake and Masato were well out in front and didn't seem to be struggling.
After about 1000m I was in 3rd place when we turned another corner and started to climb a steephill. Derek Bovard and Brian Sydow both passed me back on the hill. When I got to the top I started kicking and moved back into 4th. I almost caught Derek, but he had a little extra gear in the last couple of meters.
Ended up with a 5:08, which is decent for net uphill mile. Course tool has the equivalent flat pace as 4:49 which is in line with other recent times. Blake ran 4:50, Masato 5:01, Derek 5:05 and Brian 5:12