I had set some reasonable goals: Finish in under thirty minutes and don't walk. I had privately hoped to run 9:30/mile splits, but I was worried I wouldn't be able to do it, since I hadn't run at this pace in my training yet.
I shouldn't have worried. I finished in 25:10, which works to be 8:07 splits or so, and I did run the whole race. I finished 162nd; I'm not sure how big the field was, but I seemed about mid pack. The results should be up on the site soon, so it'll be fun to see where it all shook out. (And, no, I'm not too embarassed that the person who finished just ahead of me was an under-13 girl. I think I saw her taking steroids before the race.)
The race was especially fun because we had nine people from the IE team running together. Bruce and Rob finished first (with Bruce, a hard core runner with a marathon under his belt, finishing with a new personal best). Everyone finished under thirty minutes, so it was a good race for us all. More important, the motivation of having a goal and a group of people to complete it with kept me working out through the last month.
While my legs recover, I'm already looking for my next race. Any ideas?