So, I ran Sasha's race this morning. However, I did not run the race until after I had already gone out running for 15.1 miles. I ran the first 10.1 miles before the race in 1:03:59 (32:41, 31:18 per 5.05 segment), followed by 5 more miles in 32:27 to hit 15.1 miles before the race in 1:36:26 (6:23 pace). I slowed down just a little over the last 2 miles of my extended "warm-up" otherwise I would have been right on 6:20 pace.
At the start of the race some guy in grey took off and was way ahead of us for the first couple hundred meters. I got excited because of this, and ran a little faster than I should have for the first little bit. I ran with Sasha for the first 2 miles hitting them in 5:15 and 5:24 (10:39). At two miles I took off to see if I could induce myself to crash because of lack of fuel. I ran the third mile in 5:12 (15:51), but then lacked the motivation or the strength to really push it and closed with a 5:20 (21:11) and a 5:24 to finish in 26:35 by my watch. The official time was 1 second slower.
So, it is the fastest I have ever ran the "5 mile tempo" by 15 or 16 seconds even though I was not fresh at all by the time the race started. I did think that I had it in me to go faster, but I just wasn't feeling it today. Either way it was a good workout, and I think that Sasha and Sarah did a good job of putting it together. It is nice to have a nice little race with more of a community feel to it and less of the frills.