Yesterday I raced the Haddonfield 5k. I was thinking of writing a post beforehand but that backfired for Rothman so I decided to keep to myself until I ran.

Before the Race

The last four weeks have been the best training I’ve had in probably a decade, averaging 65mpw with good workouts. I wasn’t sure if I’d be worn down or feel great.

This race is super competitive (33 people broke 16). The plan was to go out in ~5:10s and hopefully close hard. I was going to be happy with anything sub ~16:10, thinking sub 16:00 was possible if all went right.

The Race

My splits were 5:12, 5:10, then 5:00 pace for the last 1.1 for a 15:51. I was ecstatic. First time breaking 16 since 2017. I knew I picked up the third mile and thought it MIGHT be enough, but to go that far under was shocking. I was absolutely spent when I finished.

You could say I went out too slow, and there might be a few more seconds there, but I’m pretty happy with how I ran. A lot of the guys I beat were guys I’ve never beat before, guys who ran 26:XX at Frostbite or 53:XX at Broad, so this was a huge confidence boost.

Moving Forward

Training has been awesome and I somehow haven’t been injured at all. Broad Street is still the goal race, but I have a couple of races planned between now and then.

Is it crazy to say sub 54 is the goal for Broad?? I don’t know, but it’s good to see the hard work pay off!