I had been debating whether or not do run a different mile route to avoid the dogs at the start. When I walked out the door, my mind was immediately made up for me. There was a pretty strong breeze, so I thought I'd take advantage of the wind, and run a stretch of road with the wind at my back. Maybe it was cheating, but I'm still in training, so I'm not too concerned about it.
As soon as I started, I could tell that the wind was helping, but by the half, it seemed to have eased up a bit. I was pleased that I was able to push it harder toward the end of the mile. Last week, I was really struggling, but today was a lot smoother.
I finished with a time of 5:26, tying my all-time best. That's 10 seconds faster than last week. So, by my calculation, if I cut of 10 seconds per week, I'll be under 5 minutes within three weeks. Give me another 6 or 7 and I'll be giving Alan Webb a run for his money. Not bad, huh? Just pray for increasingly stronger winds. ;-)
Stay tuned for attempt #3.