As a middle of the pack marathoner, I am an upper 3rd 5k runner. Meaning that I usually finish in the top 3rd of all finishers. I also have the fortune of being in probably the toughest male age group 30-34, at least for another 4 months. I am not saying that the other age groups are not challenging, it is this age that most runners are hitting their peak. They are treating their running serious, they have experience under their belt, they know what they need to do and often they make the time to get done what needs to be done.
Typically, in my age group, I fall in the 50th percentile. So if there is 28 people in my age group, I top out at 13-15 or if there are only 10 people in my age group, I am usually 4-7. So what I have to do is “pick” my races carefully if I want to try to place in my age group. The funny thing is that I have placed in my age group before, so I know that it is possible, but it's not probable. So, if I can pick races carefully, there is a chance that I can place in my age group. When I ran the Run for the Pumpkins in 2002 and had my PR time of 21:56, I placed 3rd in my age group… the very next weekend in the Be Someone's Hero 5k I ran 21:56, I placed 4th in my age group. I was beaten out of 3rd by the guy I had been chasing all race *sigh*
One of the races that I always did well in was the Run for the Deaf 5k, which I missed on May 6th. Last year, I won my age group with a *snicker* slow time of 24:01. You have to realize that in 2004, I came in 2nd in my age group with a 22:28. So a time of 24:01 is pretty darn slow. Anyway, I went to the race results page to see how I might have done.
MALE AGE GROUP: 30 – 34
1 2 16:29 ED WRIGHT 34 TN
2 34 23:48 MELVIN BOOKER 34 KNOXVILLE TN
3 43 24:53 MICHAEL WAREHOL 33 POWELL TN
4 67 26:43 GRANT BARTON 34 TN
5 113 31:18 STEPHEN MITCHELL 32 SEYMOUR TN
6 134 35:21 JASON TALLEY 34 CROSSVILLE TN
Given that I ran an approximate 3 miles in 24:30 yesterday, I probably could have placed 3rd and there is a chance, because it's a flat course, that I might have taken 2nd. No way on taking 1st… *oh well* maybe next year.
As for me today. I should have ran, but I didn't instead I went down to Medic and donated 1 pint of good ole terry juice. Also Eric lost his glasses yesterday, so we have to get new ones and since my vision insurance only covers examinations that's $298 on glasses. That is additional to the $200 bucks on my glasses for use when I am on the computer… *sigh* I better go get a lottery ticket… it's only at 100 million.