A great race! I timed first mile in 6:30, then second in 6:08, and I missed the next two mile markers. After a start that saw me running alongside big crowds who were running approx. 9 minute miles, I was concerned that I was going too slowly until I saw my time at the first mile. At the second, I exclaimed out loud, "holy shit!!" and discussed whether it was measured correctly with the guy next to me. We agreed it seemed a little fast. But I guess it was right!
I felt solid all the way through, and when I went to pick it up at the end it turned out I didn't actually have too much more to give, so I think I spread my effort across the race pretty well. Woohoo!
Obviously a PR because I've never raced an 8k before, but this was also faster than my previous 5k PR by quite a bit.