Tues Aug 4: 5K in 19:01. Mile splits 6:17, 6:05, 6:01. That first mile appears to be always slower- one short down and up hill to cross a creek, with the climb out in the first mile steeper than coming through from the other direction (mile 3). Still not very comfortable but at least I am running negative splits-always a good sign. My initial target on this course is 18:30.
Wed Aug 5: easy 55 minutes on the trail.