6:45am - showed up at Tuttle Mall for the race start. Found all of my MIT friends. Quick conference with my fellow coach Kristen and we decided to go slow, as she had helped the MIT group on Saturday and put in 16 miles with them! For us, slow is a 10-10:30 pace, no need to push too hard and risk injury! Our fellow MIT member, Chris decided to join us as he had already run 5 miles earlier in the morning and at the end of the day, this would be his first 18 miler! Kristen and I then decided to go through the long bathroom line twice, but still made it to the race start in time because it got delayed . . .
7:45am - We finally start the race with a bang and suddenly we are already running at a 9:20 pace! Decide at that point that Chris is in charge, since he has a garmin and checks it regularly, need to slow down a bit so we can finish the race!
7:59am - We pass the first water stop, it is self serve. There are two coolers sitting out on a table with some cups next to them, no people to help out at all, decided to pass on that one as Chris and I had brought our own fluids, at this point Kristen was already pulling ahead!
8:15am - Second water stop, Kristen has pulled off to the side and decided to wait for us. I am hungry, so opt to do a gu a little earlier than usual.
8:17am - We spy our fellow MIT member, Becki, and have our photo taken. Kristen weaves to the side to make sure she is front and center!