This was a truly non-stop 5K -- I didn't even stop for water -- but it took a lot out of me. I was beat by the time I finished, and I barely had anything for a final kick. As soon as I stopped, I felt ill. It's so weird how I get this cramp in my lower abdomen whenever I exert myself too much. I had to keep walking and eventually the cramping went away and I felt much better.
While the race was crowded (we saw bibs as high as 4800), that was never a problem -- nothing will ever compare to the 11,000+ runners at the Corporate 5K. It was a bit cold this morning, but with pants and long sleeve tech shirt, it felt comfortable for a 5k race.
9:47 (.11 miles)
I clearly started too fast and faded at the end resulting in positive splits (a rare thing for me), but I accomplished my goal of running the whole thing. I finished in 35:13 by my watch. I still prefer to at least take a small walk break at each mile. That usually is enough to re-energize me and net me a faster overall race time. I can't wait to have this marathon behind me so I can work on speed! :)