AM: Series 5k Race across town - Really wanted to go for it today. WU with a couple miles and some strides. Plan was a 17:29 today - start with 5:35 and go from there. I felt fine through the first mile and then was promptly passed by some guy I had never seen before. As he slowly pulled away, I felt myself really lose focus and started worrying more about staying with him, than what my pace should be feeling like. So, he pulled me in to a 5:30 mile 2. I never saw this split on my watch, because I was already distracted with the amount of self doubt that had already crept in. He was well ahead, and I thought I had really justfallen apart, and I did after that - 5:58 for last mile. Followed up with a pretty weak kick, gasping for air and form flailing all over the place, I struggled in 18:05. So much for PR today.
Pretty frustrated with 5k's this year - huge 10k and 1mi. PR 2 weeks ago - both corresponding to about 17:15 in 5k, and the ability to stick with several guys in track workouts who run under 17min. 5k consistently... Why shouldn't I expect something in the low to mid 17's every time I run a flat 5k? IDK. At least there are plenty more opportunities.