Needless to say, there was a small field of competitors this morning. Now with that being said, I took home FIRST PLACE in my 30-39 Age Division!!!! I was 20th overall with a time of 22:17. I said it was a small field.
I got up early and had a good breakfast and 3 cups (mugs) of coffee before the race. I was definitely eye-opened by race time at 7:30am. I also took a couple of pain pills when I woke up, so my back and hamstrings wouldn't hurt. That definitely helped. I've read recently that it's not a good idea to do that, but I think it mainly pertains to marathon runners since a 5k isn't that taxing on your system.
I ran this course 2 years ago, so I knew what to expect.. It is relatively flat the entire way. There was one hill that was nice at the beginning and hurtful toward the end, because the course it pretty much an out and back. For anyone outside of Florida, you probably wouldn't even call it a hill.
I ran the first mile in 6:55. The second mile trailed off a little at 7:20 (14:15) and I maintained that through the last mile with a 7:18 pace (calculated since I didn't pay attention to my 3 mile split). This is my "over 30" PR. My previous best was 22:29 from a couple years ago. I also bettered my last race time of 23:07 by 50 seconds.
My average pace was 7:10 per mile which is 16 seconds per mile faster than my last race.
Now, I need to pick a race in about a month and see if I can knock my average pace under 7 minutes per mile. That means my next goal is to get under 21:44 (-00:33).