Official Time: 20:14 I was pretty nervous going into this race. It had been a hot second since I’d raced a 5k – my last one was in December. I’m not even sure what caused the nerves. It was a really small local race with next to no competition. Looking back, I think it’s because I had been vocal about wanting to drop my 5k time down, and I was afraid of falling short of my expectations for myself
Sunday morning I woke up at 4:30 am, getting only about 5 hrs of sleep. Race nerves & loud hotel neighbors kept me up, but I banked extra hours the week leading up to this so I wasn’t too worried. We arrived on campus around 5:50 am. Matt dropped me off and I walked toward the starting area. So far, everything was going smoothly! After a few bathroom stops, light stretching, and meeting up with Alisa (@alisakasprzak) I finally headed into the starting corral with just a few minutes to spare. At this point, all of the nerves from earlier in the week had started to subside. I felt fairly calm, and mostly just anxious to start this thing already.