Since I began running again during the off season, I've only been doing lunch runs twice a week along the Embarcadero with no sense pace, but I guess that I've been running between 7 min and 7:30 miles.
This morning I was going to go for a ride, but it was raining, so I decided to go for a run instead and ended up at Kezar. I was reluctant to step inside the gates, but it looked pretty deserted except for the groundskeeper getting the field ready for the next HS football game, so I went in and jogged down to the track. The plan was to try and run a 6 min mile, starting with a 90 and if I felt good I would pick it up on the last lap. I was sure to start on the mile start line that is about 9.5M behind the start line since this is a 400M track.
On the first lap I surprised myself and ran a 79, but about 200M later really started to tighten up and I could feel myself slowing down. I came through the half mile in 2:42, then slowed down a little more, coming through 3/4 in 4:06. The last lap really hurt. I hadn't felt this flavor of pain in quite some time and just pushed on through the line in 5:27.
Not as far from Sub 5 shape as I thought, I think I can get back there with a few interval workouts.
After my run, Karin and I finally went to the Academy of Sciences and had a lot of fun.