I hadn't run in nearly two weeks due to various ailments, so wasn't expecting to set a PR. I also didn't sleep well the night before, but still decided to jog the roughly 2 1/2 miles from home to the starting line rather than wait for the bus. Despite the fatigue and lack of training, I was surprised to find my splits for the first two miles were under 11 minutes (good for me), and nearly dead even at 10:37 and 10:38. I worried I might have gone out too fast, and did begin to get very tired in mile three. But as usual, when I saw that finishing chute I went for it. I might have finished a second or two faster had there not been someone directly in front of me, without enough room to pass safely.
I crossed the line at 33:00 precisely, confirmed when the official results were posted today. I'm pleased to have run my fastest 5K in two years. I definitely feel that my fitness is improving. Just have to keep a regular schedule, and not have too many more layoffs.
My next race will be the Bridge to Bridge 7K on October 2. There's a concurrent 12K, but I'm opting for the shorter distance. I first ran this race in 2005, and have been meaning to do so again ever since.
Meanwhile, I'm volunteering to help at the finish line at some of the DSE races. It's fun, relatively low-stress, and helps keep the cost of our races low ($3 for members, $5 for non-members). Glad to have found this group!