Today, I ran the Fort Collins Human Race. I ran this event last year as well, but only the last time around I ran the 10K. I use the term 10K loosely for this race, because the course is actually 6.1 miles instead of 6.22, which is a full 10K. The 5K course is spot on, however, and today I managed to cover it in 20:20, which was good enough for first place in my age group, but short of a long-time goal I've had to run a 5K in under 20 minutes.
The first mile I covered in 16:16. For about half of it, I was running fairly relaxed and right behind the lead pack at a sub-6 pace, but I knew I wouldn't be able to sustain that so I backed off just a bit. Mile two I covered in 6:31 before I got a side stitch and had a fleeting bout of fatigue that made every slight incline feel like a monster hill in the first half of mile 3.
Fortunately, I got over the side stitch and the bout of fatigue passed by about 2.5 miles, so I was able to pick the pace back up, and after flirting with a 7 minute mile managed it in 6:53, before polishing the final 0.11 mile in 40 seconds (6:06 pace), to cross the finish. Not everything went as planned, but the result was a PR by 16 seconds.
I went into the event feeling ok. Not great or strong, but not bad.
Afterward, I was pleased to finished with a new PR despite the difficulties in mile 3.
All-in-all, the event seemed to go off without a hitch. It's a moderately popular event in Fort Collins, partly because of the 1 mile kids race that is run after the open 5K and 10K events. The setting in Old Town Fort Collins is a great one, and the course is pretty fast. If you're a stickler for courses being the distance advertised, you may want to stick to the 5K, but what do you expect from an uncertified course, anyway? The Fort Collins Human Race is a good time, regardless.