Run a 5K in under 30 minutes: check!
My bib number was 5532.
I did it! I did it! I did it! I FINALLY achieved my goal of running a 5K in under 30 minutes. I'm trying to give myself credit for it, but certainly there were environmental forces at play that contributed to my success. It was in the 50's. It wasn't humid. The first mile was downhill. It wasn't terribly early in the morning. BUT - I trained and rested appropriately. I had a good attitude. And I fucking fucked up the ground!! The craziest thing is that I probably could have gone faster. I killed the first mile (8:50) and then slowed for the second (there was only 1 small incline during the second). But I kept freaking about the incline at the end which proved to be not as bad as I thought. Granted, I was breathing hard, but I could have kicked it harder during that second mile. All in all, I did it in 29:06, which is AWESOME. I am very proud of myself. Photos to come later (I wish I knew where my camera cord was).
Here are some photos - the last one is blurry, but you can tell I'm happy!