My fourth race in a month and still 'undefeated'... not really, but a personal best time every 5k race I've ever run so far. 22:17 today... although many voiced objections on the chip time. I had 22:10 on my watch. Jimmy who finished one sec behind me had 22:08. The Nashville Striders finish line clock said 22:10 when I finished so my chip time should have been faster than that since that is the 'gun time'. Two other reputable runners said the chip times were off by 7 seconds (slow) and 3 runners with Garmin GPS receivers said the course was 1 to 2 tenths of a mile too long!
OK... enough complaining. 22:17 is still a personal best. Thanks to Jimmy who had beat me 3 times in a row, I finally got him by a few steps today. He made me run faster, so has my running partner T. Peacock.
It was a very hilly course, crossing the Cumberland River twice, extremely cold with a strong headwind on the final mile. Tough conditions to get a personal best, so I'm pleased with the result. My calves are really sore, must have been the hills.
I finished 11th of 49 in the 45-49 age group. What I don't understand is why is the men's 45-49 age group SO much more competitive than the men's age group 35-39?? (I would have been 5th if I were in the 35-39 age group).
I think I'll do one more 5K race before my concert tour/season starts in Feb. - The 5K Zoo Run in Nashville on 1/26.