I arrived to the school around 9am, quickly grabbed my bib and then headed back to the car for the moment of truth. I tested my blood sugar and was very happy when I saw 149, a little lower than I would like but good enough that I wouldn't have to worry while racing. I drank my pre race NUUN and had half of a Powerbar before heading out for a two mile warmup jog. Just like last week I ran the two miles at a 9:50 pace, just something to get some sweat going and my muscles warm. As the race started as usual I sprinted out and quickly found a good open spot to settle in. My goal would be to run mile one at 8 minutes, mile two at 7:30 and the final mile at 7 minutes. That would be right around a 23 minute finishing time. As I hit the half mile mark I was going at a 6:10 pace, I honestly thought I was holding back a little, I felt great. Once seeing the 6:10 pace I slowed it down to a 7:30 pace for the rest of mile one. As usual I raced backwards my first mile was run at 7:10. I still felt strong but would pay for the quick start around the 2.5 mile mark. As I got back towards the school the adrenaline started pumping again and I was able to have a decent kick the final 800 meters. I would finish in a time of 23:31. Not bad but not great either. The real number that mattered was my blood sugar, I felt great and a blood sugar of 135 brought a big smile to my face.
I wouldn't say that I'm happy with my performance today as a runner, I'm sick of not being able to pace myself in a 5k. I feel very fit I just haven't learned how to properly run a 5k as of yet. I was very happy with my blood sugar performance however and that gives me a tremendous amount of confidence heading to the New Jersey half marathon next weekend. Be sure to check in tomorrow to learn why I have been looking forward to nothing but the New Jersey half marathon since New Years Day.