Of course I am totally clueless about 5km strategy. Of course I went out too fast. Every time I looked at my wrist and saw a sub-5 minute pace the same words kept repeating in my mind: "money in the bank, money in the bank". I hit a nasty headwind on the stretch from Oriental Bay to the other side of Pt Jerningham which slowed me right down. I couldn't face turning around so I ran 5km straight out all the way to Greta Point. When I realised I wasn't going to pass out I just concentrated on staying sub-5. When I hit 4.8km I kicked the last 200 metres.
Earlier this year I said I wanted to shave my 5k and now I have a 5k pace to shave. With fresh legs and a little more speed work my new goal is sub-24.
It's always nice to have a goal.