Lots of running, lots of walking, and lots of muscles I haven't used in a long long time are now quite angry with me!
I expected to run my 5km in 38:00 minutes because my training runs were usually just under 40:00 minutes and I figured I might be able to shave off a little with the adrenaline going.
I guess the 34:44 is because of the adrenaline, and the little kids on the side of the road yelling, "Vas-y, t'est capable!" and I didn't want them to think I was giving up.
I think you're supposed to stop to drink the little bit of water in the little cup that you pick up as you run by the water stations. I shunned that idea and instead grabbed my water, kept running, and promptly got water up my nose as I tried to drink it. Somewhat unpleasant, but it *did* make me run faster to get away from the likely snickering people who would have seen it happen!
All in all a difficult but fun experience. I would love to be able to run the 5km actually running the entire time. My race seemed to mostly be running fast, walking, running fast, walking, etc.
I didn't have a normal pace.