Faster than 6 minutes and slower than 5 minutes. To some extent I am still chasing miles (40 a week) and had a day off yesterday moving daughter #1 and will have a short day on Saturday (just a parkrun at Wimpole Hall near Cambridge) as I have to move daughter #2 so the mile is sandwiched between a 4.5 mile jog out and 4.5 mile jog back which compromises it a bit.
Got round to the Magic Mile, Friday 1st August is the Ealing Mile so will do that. Just looked at the results so far, 3:21 is the leading time from someone who lists "Too Fat to Run 1 Mile?" as her next event. Gul, reckon you are safe to say you will remain the only runner in King's Lynn doing the mile at 5:30 am.
Minni, on the eating and drinking advice I think trial and error is definitely called for. Our club did a 24 hour race and the guys actually went for a 5 mile run 3 or 4 times during the day to test out things and see what happened. I personally can eat much closer to running than others (so a friend needs 3 hours before he can run after eating which makes it fun for early morning runs) but can't eat much after I have run hard, so with 3.5 hours between runs I'd be tempted to go midway with maybe 1.5 hours after one run and 2 hours before the next.
The other thing that may help is some science. If you have a good set of scales then you can work out how much you weigh at the start of a run, how much you weigh at the end and how much fluids you have taken on and so how much you have lost. A friend did this recently and was loosing about 6 pounds of sweat on a 15 mile run in this heat so over 50 km runs that is 12 pounds or 5.5 litres.
I raced a 5k on Wednesday night in the sweltering heat of New York and came home second of 166 in 19:08. Bit of an odd race: lots of super-fast high school lads shot out and died very soon, but also another vet who should have known better was ahead of me after one lap and running alongside the 17 year old winner but ended up over a minute back. I wish the winner was a year younger as then I would have been 3 times his age!
Got back to find that I had been signed up to pace the Dorney Dash 10k at 40 minutes: I reckon it is a bit of a stitch up as we have a club champs race on Wednesday and nobody else wanted a hard one so close. Set out and there was a big bunch, maybe 20 runners, all aiming at sub 40. I was told "even pace" so I said "off you go, if you are to beat 40 you need something in the bank" but nobody did. We hit the 4 minutes per km pretty well and got a few seconds banked but even at the 2.5 km turn (effectively 2 out and backs) the group was thinning and 19:5x at half way saw about a dozen enter the water station and maybe only eight come out in the pack. 5 to 7.5 was into the wind so kept it on 4 dead and then 7.5 back home had a tail wind and quite good cooling as well. By then we were about 4 or 5 and a couple pushed on to go comfortably inside 40 and I pulled the last few and swept up a couple more who had gone out fast and needed a push at the end.
Saw a few familiar faces from various threads, always nice to out a face to a made up name.