AM: Did a mile warm up. Then ran 5K at 100%. I gave it everything I had. My time was 17:11 (3:36, 3:24, 3:23, 3:26, 3:22). This was a big PR for me. I am pretty sure the distance is close to being accurate, because where I run it is a running course that is marked every 1K. Anyway I had absolutely nothing left at the end. Ended off with a 1 mile cool down.
PM: Ran an easy 6 miles.
This evening, my hips and back are really hurting. Especially, when I lay down, the ache is so bad I cannot sleep. I hope I didn't hurt myself today. I really gave it everything I had.
I felt good about the time today, but that is still not good enough to make our A team for Ekiden. With one of the members from the Ekiden graduating last year, there is one spot open. She ran the 6K leg of the race. There is a 6K, 4.1K, 3K, 3K, and 5K leg. I don't know if any of the other existing members will move up to fill the 6K spot, or if the 6K spot will be open. It doesn't really matter. I am not fast enough yet to fill any of the spots yet. They are all averaging about 3:20/1K or faster. I still have 1 1/2 month before our official team workouts start for Ekiden.