Almost a PR today - 19:08, (2nd fastest 5K), course PR at least. Good effort, although I felt like I got a little lazy in the second mile (although not by much).
Splits : 6:00, 6:14, 6:10, :44 (0.14)
Drove done with Jenny and the boys, Jenny's parents, and Jenny's sister Amy. Arrived a little bit later than planned. Was able to get in a half mile warm up, which worried me slightly since I usually like to get a better warm up.
Big crowds as usual and I made sure to get as close to the front as possible. Race started and it was the usual mayhem with tons of people going out way too fast. About a half mile into the race and my pace was some where in the 5:30's. As people dropped off and the crowd thinned out it became a little less stressful. Finished the first mile just under 6:00 pace.
Felt good going into the second mile and was still right about a 6:00 pace for a while but then noticed all of the sudden I was in the 6:20's. I fought hard to get back on pace and managed a 6:14 for that mile.
At the start of the third mile I was back on a 6:00 pace but slowed down a little bit getting up the hill. Recovered some pace at the top of the hill, and started counting down the distance, now about a half mile to go. Finished the last mile about 6:10.
Got into the stadium and could see that the clock still was in the 18:xx's but not enough time to make it in under 19:00. Took my finisher's card over to the prize tent to pick up my mug for being in the top 125 then headed back to look for Jenny.
She also came in with a near PR. Although, she had it a little bit harder with a dead garmin and no watch, she had to run completely by feel. Someone was calling out times at the end fo the first mile, she heard him say 7:10, which ended up being the pace she ran for the entire race.
Jenny and I then waited as her sister, and our two boys finished, and then Jenny's mom after them.
Headed back home but stopped at Perkins for breakfast on the way home. Great way to start a wonderful Thanksgiving morning!