I ran cross country state champs today. It was my first time doing a 5k on grass. I started out pretty well. The first kilometer was 3:24, a little fast but that's usually how it is. I was in 4th place at 1K but I passed one guy and another guy dropped out so I got into second a little before 2K. At 2K I had 7:03(3:39). I felt pretty good. It was hard to run alone though. There was nobody within 30 seconds of me, both ahead and behind. I was still running well at 3k, I had 10:43 there(3:40.1). After that I slowed down a lot. I tried to speed up and I was able to for a bit, but it was really hard for me to keep that pace. I ran 3:54, 3:54 for the next two kilometers. I tried to not be too miserable and I was still running a pretty hard pace. My final time was 18:31, I got second place. First place was about 1:30 ahead of me and third place was more than a minute behind. The course was about 200 meters long, so this time would probably be under 18:00 on an accurate course. Overall, I'm happy with this race. I feel like it was a good experience in being tougher.