I can run any mid sized 5K and place in my age group. When I say mid sized the race really can't get much above 800-900 people or the field will get too strong. It is always nice to know you ran a good race and win and age group prize even though the leaders smoked you. There was a 5k down here this past spring that I didn't run my best but the field was about 1500 people and I came in 40th overall. No age group prize but I was pretty happy that I beat over 1400 people.
The flip side is a 5k I ran my second best time at this spring. It was about 2 miles from my house so I figured what the hell and ran it. The race was very small. Maybe 150 people. I seriously got out of my car and told myself I had a chance to win. The start was up a crazy steep hill so instead of going out in front I just waited behind the leaders till the top of the hill to see what the pace would be like. 50 yards after the hill was done I told myself, “Is this it?” and took off. After that the race was never in question. Now, am I fast? No not really, I finished (after shutting it down for a good while) in 19:46. So like I said, not really fast but I was at the right race and I can tell you one thing, if you haven't had a chance to run behind the pace car find a race to do it. Even though you know it's not the most competitive race on earth you are still the fastest person there on that day. And I don't care what anyone says it's a lot of fun.