I've put together three weeks of good training, almost every day a significant improvement on the previous day. Things have been good. Then I made the mistake of wondering what my fitness level is in real terms and I came up with my being able to run a 5K in just under 20 minutes. Excepting difficult trail 5K's and one "5K" that was really 4 miles, that'd be a personal worst.
I thought wistfully of the last time I ran a sub-17, more than a decade ago. I'm a full minute per mile behind that now and there's guys my age running sub-16. [Sigh.]
Then I thought about where I was three weeks ago. Crunching the numbers, I was probably able to run a 5K in 23. 20 is half-way between 23 and 17, so... I'm half-way there already!
Hmmm. Maybe I need mood stabilizers.
My favorite race from yesterday (I still think Wurth-Thomas could've won it):
And interviews after the race: