My plan, suggested by MarathonMike, was to go fast at the beginning, fast in the middle and fast at the end. I used my trusty Garmin and could see that I started a little faster than I wanted, so I pulled back and found a pace that was tough to maintain, but possible. The course took us in sight of the finish with one more loop left before crossing the finish line. That's when I knew that I was almost done and if I pushed hard, I would PR. Nothing like a little tease of the finish line to make you go for it. It worked and I took 1:04 off of my 5K PR!
I swear... a 5K is harder than a marathon. Seriously. Running faster than you've ever gone, all out, straight to the finish is hard work. And I'm not even one of the fast ones. I don't know how they do it.
Instead of medals, finishers got wristbands and a pair of sunglasses with the Live for Evan logo. It was in these little details and the large number of young volunteers that I could learn a little bit about the young man we were honoring. It was a privilege to run in this inaugural race and I'm looking forward to the 2nd Annual!