It was a very warm night so I took some eletrolytes before the race. I opened the capsules and drank them with water about 20 min. before the race. Within a quater mile my mouth dried up and I had no saliva left. It was kind of funny trying to run with your mouth that dry. Not sure if I will do that again for a 5k. It got a lot better after the first mile. I hit the halfway in 9:06, finished with a 18:21 and was very happy with the way I handled the last half of the race. Last month my time for the same course was 18:08 - a PR for me and it was a little cooler out. My next goal is to break 18 on a 5k sometime this year.