What a downer: Since Saturday evening, I've been obsessivly clicking on the St. Patrick's Day 10k web site to find out my official results for the race. For some reason, the race coordinators faced a lot of technical glitches and didn't post the women's results until last night.
So, finally, at 6:30 p.m. yesterday, I eagerly scrolled through the women's official results list for my name. And you know what?
It wasn't there. I looked at all 1,965 women's names, and none of them were mine.
A phone call to the race coordinators found that there was a technical glitch with the ChampionChip they gave me, as it didn't record when I crossed the starting line. #%*!@*^!!
The race coordinator, who was very apologetic, told me he'd put my name and best guestimate of my time on the official results list. But I don't care about having my name on some list. I want to know exactly how long it took me to run the race.
Apparently, I'm not alone. Another 1,400 runners were also not timed because of "unusual interference problems."
I would hate to be one of the race coordinators right now.
Anyway, I may have run the race faster than I thought. My SO said he was a dozen feet behind me at the start line, and it took him 1:42 to cross the starting mats (his ChampionChip worked just fine). I thought I crossed the starting line after about 20 seconds, but it could've actually been up to 1 minute, based on what he said.
In which case, my best guestimate of my time now is between 8:32 and 8:38 a mile. But who the heck really knows? Damn these vagaries.