My own training had been going well since May. I have been gradually increasing the weekly mileage since Boston and adding in two speed days a week to go along with a mid week long run of 10 miles and a weekend long run of 12-15 miles. The two speed workouts have typically been short 200-400m hill repeats, a mix of fartleks, and some longer intervals that included a cutdown workout with Ryan Polli where I chased him the whole time as we did 2xmile with 3 min recovery, 2x800m with 2 min recovery, and 2x400m with 1 min recovery. Ryan is a beast in triathlons and won a 5K earlier this year in 16:57. He's got an extra gear I don't have but I'm getting better chasing him on intervals and he's pushing me.
The Tuesday before this race Ryan, Jarrod, and I did 6x400 on the greenway with equal recovery because the humidity was brutal. We kept the 400s at race pace until the last 200m of the last 400m where we picked it up to finish with a kick. We ran an easy 8 miles on Wednesday. I took Thursday off and just did a short shakeout 3.8 miles run on Friday.
The race started with Ryan and I out fast with a handful of runners ahead of us. I figured several would go out too fast on the downhill start and I planned to pick them off after the first mile. I didn't go out as fast as I could have, I stayed controlled with the leaders in sight and Ryan just a few seconds back off of my left shoulder.
We turned off Hillsbrough St and hit the first mile marker in 5:45. I felt good and started to pass a couple people. There was a short uphill on Clark after the turn off Wagner. I was in a group of runners and just running with them. The climb up Brooks Ave was tough and slowed me down some but I regained it on the downhill just before the left turn onto Barmettier St. On the corner was a tree full of bras and a big pink ribbon in the yard.
I passed a couple more runners as we neared mile two. Even with the uphills, I ran mile two in 5:43, a little faster than the first mile. I think I was in sixth place at this point and 5th was just ahead of me. We turned right back onto Clark and there was a Church Choir group singing for the runners.