Difficult race this morning. Cold (for Florida) 42 degrees and windy. Race was a 5/10k combined in downtown St. Pete. Started uphill slightly from 2nd Ave N and 2nd Street in front of Baywalk - headed west and around mirror lake then back east to the waterfront and beach drive south past Al Lang field and behind the old bayfront center with a hairpin turn around and back north to Baywalk. Ran the first two miles ahead of pace from my 5k two weeks ago where I went 18:06. Miles 1 and 2 were - 5:42, 5:54 respectively - but never felt comfortable and in fact debated whether to race today - so that probably had something to do with a slight loss of concentration after the turn in the last mile. 6:17 in mile 3 with and uphill finish on a long course resulted in a disappointing time of 18:56. Heartrate was at max 181-182 from the start of the second mile to the finish. So, it wasn't for a lack of effort. I think I thought I was going to break 18 this morning and would have expected as much after mile 2 - but running into a bit of a head wind in the third mile and just not quite having it put together today I came up short. Indeed wth the mismeasured course even if I had run a 5:50 or 6 flat for the last mile I still would not have been under 18. Oh well, still ran well for the first two miles. :)
Turns out I won my age group and was 14th overall.
PM - went out with Delaney for an easy 4 miles - I am doing my best to be her personal trainer for her track season - enjoyed the time chatting with her about running.