Pre-race fuel = WestJet cookies. I hate eating before a race.
There's a bit of time to catch up with our Run It Fast friend Jamila (she's a rockstar who runs for Team RWB) then we head over to corrals. I'm pretending to be warm. Honestly, it isn't cold as such but the humidity is giving the air a chill. A lot of people are wearing tights and long sleeves....and woolly hats. I am wearing this:
I'm in corral 1 which is then split into 2 waves, if you are unlucky and at the very front of wave 2 you will notice an extra 30 secs on your time as the front row of runners is stopped over the timing mat (sorry Kev).
Km 1 (6:00) Across a bridge then a right turn immediately uphill into Tempe. The sun is just coming up and it's lovely. The runners are nicely spread out.
Km 2 (5:51) Follow Curry Rd, slightly more uphill before a descent - much better. I'm enjoying this.
Km 3 (5:52) Turn south then run past a park, we are actually very close to our hotel. The halfway point passes with a water station. Under the freeway, join the river pathway.
Km 4 (5:55) Still running by feel, not pushing this race. Another uphill to climb away from the river onto the last bridge. Not loving that bit.
Km 5 (5:32) Getting much warmer now. Cross the bridge, then there's a nice curving downhill into the finish chute. Love this part! Sometimes the finish line seems very far away but today it is right there.
Add a few seconds for the last little bit and we are done. Final time 29:29. Last year I struggled so hard to get my 5k time under 30, today I ran it pretty easily. Success.
We bump into Ryan at the end (hurrah!) before heading home fairly quickly to eat then have a rest before the football game. It's going to be a busy weekend.