Last year's 5k Trot was mid-18's, this years was exactly the same. My PR set about 1.5 years ago was an 18:04. I realize I'm slow, but shouldn't mileage alone basically propel me to at least a 17 flat? Was really hoping to crack the 17s today as I don't really race 5ks, so wanted to see what all this running has done for my times. First mile about 5:40, then next ones were a bit slower than 6.
What gives? Is it simply a lack of workouts? No weight gain, my records indicate that I weigh within a pound of what I weighed last year, 12% bf. I ran a trail 50k earlier this year and easily took first with about a 6:50 pace.