So...it was not as bad as I thought it would be. Not bad at all. I leeched onto group after group, working my way to the front with a 55:44.4 (PR). Check out the results here. I was so thrilled that I didn't get injured AND I made it under the hour and even more happy to see my mile time average as 8:58!
What a high! What a day! I love running.
P.S. I am the little girl in pigtails with the pink sweatshirt and black leggings. And yes, that was my time. Drew has impeccable timing with his photographs!