So in the end my run wasn't stellar, but I could tell I had made great progress compared to last year in so many ways. I held at number 7 in the Athena Master group with 3:34:57 for a 16+ min pace on the run, vs. last year's 3:54 for the same 13.1.
So with that I made it to the Finish at 7:54:06. Last year's time was 8:36:55! 42 minutes less than last year, and a Personal Record for the 70.3, since I beat my 7:58 in Galveston!
When I crossed the Finish, the first person I saw was J, a friend, who was volunteering and then Christy, who was so thoughtful. Evidently they ran out of womens shirts again this year (they're sized so small that everyone takes a bigger size, then they run out by the end). I was lucky though. Christy hooked me up with a mens shirt (until they get more womens shirts which they'll send to the finishers). She said she told them there was no way I was not getting a Finishers shirt. Again, so sweet! Thanks Christy!