It was August 13, 2005. The first mile of a 5K race in the doggest month of the year. 80F and sunny. My first mile was 7:24.
I am amazed.
The rest of the race (7:33, 7:43 and change) contributed to my 5K PR of 23:26.
I haven't done a measured mile in less than 7:45 since except for mile 4 of a November 2005 10K race that I ran just before its sister 5K (doin' the "double"). Boy, I felt great back then.
What has happened?
I had never run more than 15 miles before that double. I did over Thanksgiving and for some time after that as I ramped up for my first marathon - Miami.
Now I am training for another and even in the 1600 intervals I cannot get close to 7:24 much less flirt with 7:45.
Today was 4 x 1600 and I felt fine (although I skipped eating again) and ran 8:00, 7:51, 8:07 and 8:07. I love the speed work but I am not finding speed. The form feels right (low shoulders, arms down and hands moving to and fro, lower back loose, legs turning over, etc.) but the juice is sour.
What to do?