After looking at my work calendar I picked a day for my first 5k warm up race. Sept 25. Thing is there are 4. yes 4! 5k's in & around Springfield on that day. Holy Hell. There is maybe 4 bike races in Springfield ALL year let alone 4 in one day. I'll have to do some research & find the flattest one. One I think I have done before so I'll have a time reference for it. I ran 19:13 with zero miles in November. Granted my CX form was coming on in a big way. I figure in 6 weeks of running I can surely run at least 19:45. 30 seconds slower is doable.
I did see there is a 5k trail run with a 5k kayak race the week before(9/24). Might be interesting. My creek boat is a pig to paddle in flat water though. Will have to think about that one. Might be able to borrow a longish sea kayak. 17' limit.