1) Don't train properly. In fact, don't do any long runs at all.
2) Screw the Power Bars, the Clif Bars, and the GU. While running, eat Oreos, pretzels, and donuts.
3) Along the route, collect every available hug and pet every available dog. :)
My treasured and beloved colleague MC came out to cheer on AB, HM, and me. Here is one shot of me running up to collect my hug:
And here is one of me running by:
PR or no,
SCRATCH THAT, Y'ALL!
Official results are in, and I... *drumroll please* came in 13th out of 32 in the women's 35-39 age class, and 106th out of 216 total women!
I finally broke the 50th percentile marker! Yay!
Oh, I should also mention that it was ccccccooooold and gorgeous. There was snow and ice on top of Ester Dome! But we could see Denali! Yay!
Edited to add: The winner this year was a first-time marathoner! So cool! Congratulations, Mr. I Win My First Marathon Man!