One thing I've learned in my years of running is that things don't always go according to plan on race day.
I finished my 8 miles in an hour and a half after stiff legging it to a gas station bathroom for three-quarters of a mile. As I was using the facilities (I had a few minutes to ponder), I was trying to come up with a clever way to work it into my race report. I wasn't getting much inspiration, so I got out (after peeling the toilet paper from my sweaty legs - you have to have a barrier, right?) and finished my run.
I developed a blister after 4 miles, so I had that to help me home too.
You know you always wanted to see a picture of my foot.
So my plans to race home didn't work and I have to use my first three miles of my run.
Finish time for the Sweat Your Thorns Off Virtual 5K: 29:36. Pretty weak.