After my success at the beach, and two good weeks of training, I decided to enter the Lebanon Area Fair 5K.
I was hoping to break 19:00 minutes again, but there were two factors working against me: 1) the race was on a rail trail, and 2) it was humid.
I started out well, and hit the 1/2 mile mark at 3:02 and the mile at 6:04. During this time I was challenged by two other runners, but was able to make a successful surge and opened up a 10 meter gap on them. At the two mile mark, I knew I was wilting a little, because my split went to 12:32. I held on for the remainder of the race, and was able to reel in one more runner to move up a place.
Final time: 19:33; 13th place overall (again); 3rd in my age group (40-49)
All in all, this was a great race, and well run. I'll do it again next year if it works out.
Congratulations to my current training partner, Chop Leader, who won the 60-69 age group in 20:30.
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