We got down there about an hour before race time. We met up with Jessica and did some stretching and a 1/2 mile warm up.
Before I knew it, it was 8:15 and I figured we should go get in line for our 8:30 start. What a mistake we made!!! The smarter people got lined up early, so we were literally in the back. Behind strollers, behind kids, behind everyone. It's easier to push yourself up through the crowd a little in the corral when you don't have a dog. AND when the people with strollers aren't all in front. (I don't get this by the way, WALKERS AND STROLLERS should start in another corral!!!)
So when the gun went off....well it was a clusterf___! Again not easy to dodge walkers and strollers with a dog in tow. He was pretty confused, and I was pretty much dragging him through. At one point these two ladies in front of me stopped...I mean dead stopped in front of me and I felt bad but I kind of had to shove them out of the way, I had too much forward momentum going to stop. (AGAIN,You don't STOP in the middle of the road! This should be common sense, right?!)
It took about a 1/2 mile to break away from the walkers, slow runners, strollers, and other people. After that it was just kind of hard to get Cooter going. Lots of distractions. I lost Jessica somewhere around mile 1. Instead of looking for her Cooter and I pressed on. There was a lot of "c'mon Cooter" and "Your a good boy", etc... It wasn't his day. He was behind me at the end of his leash for almost the whole run. The last mile of the race was straight in to the wind, and a gradual uphill. It wasn't an easy last mile.