Race - 5k - Milton Mayor's Cup. Made a decision this morning with decent weather to do this race to get an idea of where I am fitnesswise. Reasonably pleased with the result and grateful to see where I am physically following the heart stent implant in December.
Small field, relatively flat course; cool but a little humid in the upper 40's to lower 50's. I was a bit cautious in the first half mile - not sure how things would feel, but it was more mental than physical. Three guys went out to the front, with one who looked to be in high school, running in long sweat pants, but he was legit (I think he won.) Once I got past the initial nerves, I moved up on the third place runner when the two front runners gapped him; I passed him just before the mile mark and stayed slightly ahead of him through 2 miles, when he came back by me early in mile 3. No one was close behind me, and I lost contact rather quickly, being satisfied where I was. Finished reasonably well for 4th place overall. Splits were 6:35, 6:28 and 6:46.
I looked back at my races from last year - and this was a nearly identical time to a 5k I did in January 2018. With limited/restricted (doctor's orders) volume in my training, and a few sporadic / occasional tempo efforts and a couple of workouts in the last 45 days - not a bad time - all things considered.