The course was kind of like a lollipop out-and-back, which is nice for predictability and pacing. They closed off the lane, and we were off. I counted about 5 women in front of me in the first few hundred meters. Over the first 0.5-0.75 of a mile or so, I started catching them, and I settled into second. I couldn't even see first until about halfway.
Chugged along, skipped the water stop half way since it involved a slight detour and saved a couple of seconds. Started estimating counting down the 0.05 mi increments in the last mile. In the last 0.5 mi, I was catching up to first... not enough real estate, and she ended up beating me by about 3 seconds. Afterwards, I debated whether I could've pushed harder... so close. I settled on the good answer of "no" - I was giving it nearly all that I had, at the end. I could've potentially run more efficiently or paced better in the early miles, but at the end, I don't think there's much more I could've done, so I'm ok with it. I'm not trained, either, so it's good to know that there's always next time.
The course was 3.02 mi on the USATF certification. I ran it in 21:38, 6:58 average. 1-2 min slower than my PR, but this race was all about place, not pace, with the heat. I won a 6-pack of beer and a Thomas Creek shirt - nice! They also had beer (Chocolate Banana Split Stout was my pick) and BBQ and an awesome (but loud) band. Sweet!