it's a long way off from my PB in a 5K, but i am also a long way from the condition i was in when i achieved my PB. but i'm happy to report i can no longer consider myself "out of shape" as i could earlier this year. the miles are finally paying off.
todd and i are running the Sharon Timlin Memorial 5K in a week and a half, and, while i want to be realistic with my expectations, i also push myself. my last 5K was over 3 years ago, and i've spent the better part of the last 2 years injured and not consistently running. the past 3 months i have started to seriously try to get back into shape, and over the past couple weeks, i'm started to feel my legs coming in under me. i ran a "test race" this weekend, to see where i'd fall. i really pushed it and saw 24:30 on the clock when i was done. not particularly fast for me, but a minute faster than anything i've run in the past 6 months for 3.1 miles. i figure that on race day, i will have that adrenaline i always get at races that'll push me harder, trimming that extra 30 seconds.
i don't think i should have any problem doing it... and, i know i'll be absolutely crushed if i don't. it's not about being fast; 23:59 is *not* fast, not even by my own standards. it's about measuring up... about setting a goal and achieving it.