Of course we were instantly sold on this! So here we go - 2 races within 3 hours.
When we went back to the car to drop off our stuff, we were approached by an employee of the store at which we parked in their lot - apparently they didn't want people parking in their lot for the race. Momma K and I started to panic a bit because (1) we lawfully paid to park here (no signs posted to not park in this pay lot) and (2) all of the other lots nearby were starting to fill up. Needless to say, kindness pays off and after we nicely explained that we already paid to park and chatted about where we were from, the employee told us that we could stay.
After all of that was taken care of, we headed back to the race area and got ready. While waiting for the race to start, I noticed an INKnBURN fan in the crowd. Of course we had to snap a picture with our new friend Michael. As we were chatting, we told him that we were both wearing the same shirt as his for our second race this morning. After hearing about the Ugly Sweater 5K, Michael registered while waiting for the Atlanta Christmas 5K to start. LOVE IT!
Things eventually thinned out and I was able to get moving. I had a 'user error' with my Garmin (in other words I forgot to turn it on), so I had no idea my pace or time. This is honestly when I run my best sometimes - no worries about my pace, I just run.
The course was pretty good. They advertised it as a "fast course", however there was one pretty big hill at mile 2. I pushed through the hill and made it to mile 3 where we had a nice little downhill finish. Since I failed to start my Garmin at the start, I just had to go by my best guess as to what my time was. Based on what I saw on the clock when I crossed and knowing that I was about 30-45 seconds later starting that the clock time, I knew I had PR'ed (confirmed by official results later on). BOOM! I guess that "not starting out too fast" part helped me.