So team MTSG at Marlow 5 today. Almost an A race but I have a 10k next week so the primary purpose was to see how pace felt. I have done a few 5ks in sub 6 pace but the calculators reckoned that 5 miles would be 30:30 so I was hoping for a 30.xx.

I had the Garmin on autolap and was checking the mile markers and each tells a slightly different tale. Overall it seems to be a fast first mile in about 5:3x and then a couple dead on 6 minutes to get me to 3 miles in 17:3x. I then knew that a good push home would get me a sub 30. Mile 4 was hard and seemed to use up a good half of the cushion I had and I reckon I had 6:15 for the last mile, Garmin started to say 6:16 and a few runners came past and I was able to hold on and get a pull along so the pace built up to 6:0x again and then with the last bend done and about 800m left and 3 minutes I knew it was in the bag and came home in 29:56.

Overall very happy about sub 30 and last year I did 29:19 so the gradual improvement back to racing form continues. Racing calendar is starting to look full so I am getting myslef back into fast running by running fast.

Ijust ran the results through Excel and Team MTSG were second team overall. Hilgdon AC were clearly firt with 1, 4 and 15th for 20 points but were scored 6, 16 and 24 for 46. Lots of clubs with a couple in the top 30 but no clubs packing in a solid 3rd.