I guess as far as running goes, this was the first 5K of my sophomore year. I starting running last April and I have been running pretty steadily since then. This was also my first race after the Norfolk Half Marathon. It was very nice to be running a "short" race. (Last year, I thought a 5K was long. Funny how one's perspective changes.) I had a small problem with my left hip at the end of the half marathon, so I was hoping it would be in better shape for this race.
We could not have asked for better weather for the beginning of March. Packet pickup on race day was a piece of cake. Parking in a garage was expensive, but easy to find near the finish line. The pre-race socializing was great. I got to talk to a lot of people, including my MMTC mentor Michele and her family. I also saw Arnat (because what would a race be without Arnat?? : ) I never did find a bathroom at the start, though. Oh well!
Once the race started, it took me about 2 minutes to get to the starting line. Even with all the people, I settled into a groove pretty quickly. I thought this was a great race - the course was very enjoyable to run. The crowd support during the first and last parts of the race was great! The mile markers were easy to find and the water stop was well-stocked and well-staffed. I finished in 34:53, which was about what I expected all things considered. My hip held up just fine.
After the race, it was a little tough finding people in the crowd, but eventually our group was reunited. We stood in line for a while for the food and beer. The food seemed to be endless Ė there wasnít much variety, but there sure were a lot of bananas and pretzels! I have been to several races where the back-of-the-pack finishers got nothing to eat, so I was grateful for the good planning. The post-race party was fun, but naturally crowded. We also got to see the parade as it was finishing in front of Power Plant.
I thought this was one of the best races Iíve done so far!!