February 3, 2001
Drove a few miles up the 605 freeway to run the Cerritos 5K. This somewhat disorganized race is run entirely within the confines of the Cerritos Mall. I am still not entirely recovered from my cold, so I decide to take the race somewhat easy.
At Mile 1, my time is called out – 7:20. That’s probably par for the course, but I decide that I should be running a bit slower, so I slow down. Mile 2 – 13:30 (6:10 mile). Hmm… I KNOW I slowed down!
Mile 3 – 19:00 (5:30). Something is definitely weird here, because I have never run a single 5:30 mile, not even at a time trial on the track when I am fresh. Also, I run the last tenth of a mile in 0:27 (which translates to 270 seconds or 4:30).
So… this probably wasn’t a 5K, probably not even 3 miles (though maybe the first mile was Long?).
At the results ceremony, however, they announce the Male 20-29 age group. Third Place – 30 minutes. Second Place – 26 minutes. So… I had first place with 19:27, and I won my division by 7 minutes (probably more than 2 minutes per mile).