AM: I wanted to run a 5K before the Mountain View trail half marathon next week, so Catherine and I ran the BYU Homecoming 5K this morning. The course was harder than the two other 5Ks I've run. The first half mile was up a hill past the stadium and onto 9th East. From there we bombed down 9th East and around the south end of campus before finishing on a circuit through the grass and around the track.
I felt okay at the start, and I felt okay on my way down 9th East, too, but by 1.8 miles I was off. I felt a little sick to the stomach, and I just didn't have the heart to push through. I slowed up more than I should have, and it didn't help my motivation that the guy behind me was losing ground while I was gaining on the guy in front of me (if they weren't going to push, why should I?).
As I came onto the track, I realized I could break 17 if I could run 300 yards in about 50 seconds. Didn't happen. I crossed the line in 17:11, which, surprisingly, was good enough for fourth overall. I was disappointed not to break 17, but I think I could have on flatter course or with a better mental game. At least now I have an updated PR.
A couple of hours later, Catherine and I went for a run on the BST from Bridal Veil Falls. We were both pretty tired after the race at the end of the week, so the trail run was short and mellow.