I ran my 7th (I think) 5k yesterday morning. And I ran it slow. My slowest time yet. I honestly wanted to race so badly that I ran injured. I thought I could do it, and do it well. That wasn't the case. I managed to run the whole way, but I slowed down too much because of my leg injury.
However, even with my slow time, I came in 4th in my age group. That seems to be where I end up everytime. I hope to one day come in 3rd. Maybe before I enter a new age group.
I look forward to the next race...hopefully my leg will be healed.