Which was the plan.
Ran the whole way (except for when I got water). Didn't throw up. Could talk easily at the end.
Paul came with me. He didn't want to wake the kids and then have to supervise them, so they stayed in bed.
The highlight was meeting Glenn of The Running Fat Guy fame. (He's not fat, BTW, but he's not a gaunt-looking guy, either.)
He also sweetly came back after he finished and ran with me and talked for the last half-mile or so.
Glenn writes one of the first running blogs I started to follow. The name drew me in, but I kept reading because he always teaches me something. I enjoy following his training progress as well.
Other notes on the race:
1) I was right. There was indeed no chip timing. I still don't know my time, as I was running this to finish it, and I forgot about finding out my time with all the socializing. I'll find out eventually.
2) I couldn't find my iPod, which meant no music. The lack of electronics did allow for me to dump water on my head, which was a nice tradeoff.
3) The field was different from the first race I ran. It was a considerably smaller race, and it didn't seem to have a lot of walkers or people much slower than me. I finished easily in the middle of the pack in my first race. With this one, I was probably in the bottom 20 percent. But that might be a function of the doubled distance.
I think I enjoyed this one more, with my lowered expectations. I also had a better idea as to how to pace myself.
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