Turns out my parents ended up with babysitting duties so they, and my nieces, were at the race, but as spectators instead of participants. So much for the family division competition!
My biggest/littlest fans: Annika & Juia
The field of competitors was small. The course was flat and mostly an out-and-back along the river. The weather was sunny, warm, and HUMID. Off of the start line, a college guy and I separated from the rest of the field pretty quickly. We were going out straight into a decent head wind and I couldn't decide if I wanted to use my pace buddy as a wind block or take the lead and see if he would come with. After a little more than a mile, I opted to take the lead. Separation occurred relatively slowly, but steadily throughout the rest of the 5-mile route. I felt okay, but the humidity definitely had an effect on me. It's tough to sweat and keep cool when the air is thick and damp!
Crossed the line in 26:33 (a PR) with relatively even splits throughout. My pace buddy was about a minute back. Side note: I got a kick out of hearing that he was "freaked out" that a girl beat him...freaking people out is always fun. ;)
Coming into the finish