Finally met a goal for this series of sub 53. This was a less agressive goal but it is a good benchmark for where I want to be. Translates into a 2:39 marathon. 5k splits are my favorite, 17:35, 17:39, 17:34. 26:30 out and 26:19 back. Even effort throughout and no let down at the end. Splits 5:36, 5:40, 5:37, 5:46, 5:44, 5:40, 5:38, 5:45, 5:41, 1:40 (garmin had the last part as .34.).
I felt like I was going to slow during mile 8 when I struggled to hold 5:45 pace but there were a few times like this throughout the race where I felt like letting up but refused to do so. I kept looking at the 5:40 average pace on my watch and when it slipped to 5:41 in mile 8, I was determined to get it back down.
Felt good today and enjoyed the warm up and cool with a bunch of folks. About 3.5 up and 4.2 down. Perfect weather.