Then Randy from Running Fit sent this in an email. Enough said.
I was feeling optimistic when I registered. My foot is more stable, and less likely to cause me to hobble and cry in pain. I did a lousy job with training though, and wasn't ready in any way, shape or form. I ran it anyway. Something nice about doing it for the second time was that I knew the pickup was small and close to the start. Ample free parking helped too. I didn't need to go out on Friday to get my stuff - 5 minutes on Saturday was more than enough time. When my requested size was enormous, they immediately swapped it for a small. The red cup was a nice surprise :)
It was in the mid 60s and drizzly. Thankfully we were on the western non-flooded side of Hines... It was so hard to get out of the car and wait, but once we got started, it was pretty much perfect weather.
I got through it. The early miles felt good. Then my knee hurt and I couldn't pop it. Then my hip hurt. It was just pain from not using the muscles and not doing any long runs.
I just wanted to finish. Not my best, not by a long shot. My whole goal was to finish. If I could do so under 2:30, that would be great. I got close. Ah well. I'll do better next time!