Race InfoLocation: Cincinnati, Ohio
Date: Saturday, May 5th, 2018
10k done! The 5k was up next.
My original plan was to listen to the Up & Vanished podcast through the 5k as well, but my phone decided it would die instead. I have only recently started running select races with my Aftershokz but I was so bummed. Overall I was nervous for the next day's marathon and looking for an excuse to distract myself.
Lucky for me I stumbled across some friends between the end of the 10k and the start of the 5k. I ended up running with one of them during the 5k which helped pass the time, something I desperately appreciated. Also, as he was also working towards the 4-Way Challenge, he convinced me to run the 5k slower than I otherwise would have which helped keep my legs a bit fresher going into Sunday's marathon.
The 5k felt bigger, or at least there was a lot more people passing me this time around. I held steady on this race and DIDN'T speed up to pass people at the end.
During the 5k a light rain started, which really helped as the high humidity made it pretty muggy outside. The rain was just enough to cool you off without getting heavy feet.
I thought the 5k was enjoyable and I stuck around to watch people finish towards the end. The race started in waves so it felt like there was a never-ending mass of runners headed towards the finish.
The nice part about the 5k and 10k was that you had the option to pick up your race packet Saturday morning. I flew into Ohio late Friday night (as I had to work that day) so there was no way I could have made it to the expo on Friday coming from out of town. This was a nice touch that gave me one less thing to stress about.
From there I made my way to the Expo (to pick up my items for the marathon). Everything was so close together, it was nice that I could easily park my car in one location for the 10k, 5k, and the race expo.
Final Time: 28:11