I lined up about 3 people back from the start, so I got off at my own pace. The first half mile was completely in the shade of buildings, so that was perfect. I hit the first mile at 6:39. I knew that I had to be around 6:45 to have a decent 5k, so I started well. I slowed a little on the second mile. It wasn't getting too hot, but the sun was in your face for most of it. I hit the 2 mile clock at 14:04, so that was a split of 7:25.
The last mile was a straight stretch and at least the sun was at your back. I felt like I was struggling to keep up and I started getting passed by a few people. Every time someone went by, I used them as motivation to push a little more and keep my pace. I also kept reminding myself of my speed work and tried to break the mile up into stretches that were like laps on the track in my mind. I hit the 3 mile marker at 21:48. My goal was to be there at 21:30 assuming that I continued at the same pace through the finish. That would hit my goal around 22:15. Of course, I was a little after my goal, but you also don't finish the last tenth of a mile at the same speed. That last mile split was 7:44, so I dropped off again. I finished in 22:25 and they actually announced my name as I was coming across the finish line!!! That was fun to hear my name on the PA system.
Overall, there weren't too many turns. It was a very flat course and the temperature was cool to moderate for central Florida. The finish area was a little cramped, but everything was in the shade of the building at Pointe Orlando. I liked it. I will definitely run this race again.