Oof. I had predicted a 17:30 for myself going in so it's not too shocking. I actually felt worse today than I was anticipating but I may be in better shape than I gave myself credit for, if that makes sense.
I had a terrible allergic reaction last night and woke up feeling terrible. I had really worked on my legs the last few days and my hamstring at least felt much better, however I needed a substantial warmup and I only ran about 1 mile.
I didn't feel flat or anything, it was more that I was in agony. My whole body was burning from lack of oxygen from about the 200meter mark onwards. Also my lungs and heart where stuck in first gear. I could tell that my pulse and breathing rate where staying low and that contributed to my oxygen debt. I still had splits of 5:19 and 5:35, but then a pretty sucky 6:35 or so for the last 1.1. Anyway, it's not a disaster but I was kind of bummed because it was a good field and I wasn't really able to compete at all.