The 5K this morning was only a mile and a half from the house. I had hoped to run there, but I putzed around too long and ended up having to drive there instead, feeling guilty for Mother Earth throughout the entire 3 minute drive.
It was overcast, slightly muggy in the low 70'sF, and definitely windy at 8:00 am. The last time I ran this race in '04, it was in a pouring rain and totally fun, but not today. We started at the entrance to the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve, and immediately ran out onto the city streets. I tried to start out fast (for me) again, and by the 1 mile mark it was just the same 4 or 5 of us in a group at roughly the same pace. I decided then to hang with them and not fade like I usually do in the 2nd mile. I even passed one girl soon after that, and then another guy and girl running together, but both girls came back in the last half mile to finish ahead of me. Even so, I had to be happy with the final result 23:58 ... a 1-sec PR!