Running race 9:38  3.0 km (3:13 / km)
shoes: Adizero Mana (Sept 09)
Goal was 9:30, had the splits written on my arm with the intent of running a steady race. Talked to a guy at the start who said he was going for 9:30 as well, so planned to keep an eye on him.
Went out easy for the first lap, staying exactly on pace. The guy I talked to though and a bunch of other guys went out really hard and were already over 50m ahead of me after two laps. After 3 laps I realized that the trailing group I was with were slowing down, and that I would need to speed up in order to meet my splits.
Broke away from the group, but with the next guy about 70m in front of me I was caught in no man's land. By lap 4 I'd slipped about 1s from my goal, but I tried to speed up and chip away at the distance to the guy way in front. The seconds kept slipping away though on the next laps, and although I was catching the guy in front (9:30 guy) I was feeling a bit defeated. Had a good amount of energy on the last few laps but my stomach was on the verge of blowing up so I couldn't really will myself to go much harder, and wasn't able to put in a very good finish kick.
A bit of a bummer that I basically ran the whole race alone, I was hoping for a bit more of a push from others. I'm glad I didn't go out too hard and that I didn't totally die, but I think I should have gone out a bit harder, trying to hold on rather than trying to make time back.
Really nice to have people there cheering for me. Thanks everyone!
New Pb. Only by 5s though. A bit disappointed.