The results you are so eagerly awaiting... My time was 32:57.9. That is a pace of 10:34 per mile. I placed 413th overall, of 756 timed runners, and 27th in my age group. I raised $760. All of my goals were all accomplished, namely, to beat:
-A man in my age group. I don't know how many there were, but I did see at least one 30-year-old male at 420th place.
-An old person (there are a lot of seriously fast old people, but I did beat a few).
-A lady with a stroller (the guy with the stroller kicked my tail, but the stroller I beat had a tiny foofy dog in it - I HAD to beat that one!)
-A child (the third place girl under age 10 was actually 30 seconds behind me).
-The kid on roller skates. This was a new goal that I set for myself immediately upon seeing that kid in roller skates. I didn't like that kid, because I'm pretty sure skates were not allowed. Neither were all those dogs.
It was a good experience. I actually felt good, and probably could have gone faster for the last mile if I'd realized how far I'd already come. But I was confused by the layout of the course and thought I had much further to go, so I held back a bit, and refused to look at my watch or be bothered by other people. I started towards the back, which was frustrating in that I had a lot of walker congestion to fight through for the first few minutes. But it was also fun to pass more people than I was passed by. I stuck to the plan, just kept running steadily, and be surprised at the outcome. My legs were good, I believe I could have gone quite a bit further at that pace. I can only imagine how good it will feel when the next 10 lbs are gone (do I hear 25?... that's the long term goal.)
And, MommaLlama and the boys did very well in the 1K fun run. Snookie fell down once, so he and mommy walked for a while, but they ran across the line and looked good doing it. Everybody got a ribbon.