"Lined up in third-fourth row in front. Went off at a good pace around threshold. First mile I adjusted to race pace and settled at a good rhythm. Uphill on North Decatur was better than expected, and then I cruised for the second mile. Third mile I had to clench my teeth and hold on dearly to a fast pace, since I was fading slowly. Opened gas after the monster hill at the end of mile 3 and kept a fast sprinting pace to the end, crossing the finish line without any more breath at all. It was a very good race, and I did better than I thought. Best time of the year for a 5K race (23:22), which is great! I will need to work on strengthening my stamina and increase it to 3.2 miles, avoiding fading after 2 miles. Other than that, I am very satisfied of my performance today. PE: 4, EX: yes."
"Communication from race organizers was horrible in the months prior to the race (date change, location change and time change not communicated until two weeks before the race). Aid stations on race map were not present, even though the map was published less than a week before the race. Sunny day on a non-shaded path and there was only wt at mile 2, 6 and 11. Race had potential to be great but too many little issues to be ignored. Glad I held my pace and had a good run despite the issues."
"Great race, great bling, awesome friends to share it with! Only complaint is there was NO water, it was hot, humid and downright dangerous conditions at times. But, the experience was awesome! Didn't push it, actually helped pace an awesome gal from mile 7 until the end. Minneapolis Women Rock next year!"