Training for marathons is different. On the majority of your runs, you find a pace that is comfortable (breathing wise). As the miles add up, your legs get tired and tight. But, more often than not, you aren't out of breath.
Even with hitting the track up EVERY week for the past four months, I was still out of breath! I'm not going to lie, I seriously wanted to quit after mile 1. This is when I realized that I could definitely gone faster and pushed harder, but I was not mentally ready for a 5K. 5K's are a completely different animal than marathons!
I've had lots of comments on the race and everyone said I should have started slower - meaning, I would have a more enjoyable time and maybe not had positive splits. I'll have to disagree. Next time, I want to start at the same pace and maintain it for longer. Everything I've done over the past four months (track workouts) indicate that I can run a sub 21 time. I don't need to pace slower ... I need to toughen up and run harder! :)
6:44 - First Mile
7:24 - Second Mile
7:54 - Third Mile
:32 - .1 (6:10 pace)
22:35 official time
I was lucky enough to have some friends come and watch the race. They had a camera - so, when I get a hold of the pictures, I will post! :)