I decided to test my fitness this morning at a 5k race in Baltimore this morning. For some reason, my legs just didn't have it. Either that, or I am in 17:24 5k shape and my legs really had it today. I hope it's the former. I didn't know who would show up for a 7am race on a Tuesday, but the 250-125-100 cash purse brought out a few good guys. As I lined up, I saw who I assumed to be Dave Berdan and a few others that looked fast. We started off and after a quarter mile I could tell that 4 guys felt really good and I was not one of those 4. I immediately bagged any ideas of winning money. My watch didn't start so I don't have splits but the leaders said they went through in around 5:00 and I was a good 20 seconds behind. I think my second split was around 11:10 but that is a complete guess. Then the last mile was hilly and ended up on Federal Hill. I'm a little baffled how I ran 27:20 or whatever at Rockville and now can only muster a 17:24. Oh well. After the race I cooled down with a few people including a former Navy runner (Justin Mikolay). I don't remember him from college because his senior year was my freshman year. Hopefully I'll run into him again at some point and get him out on some of our runs.