(NOTE: I was in the process of posting this Monday when my router crashed... apparently it didn't post - so I'm trying again.)
I just got a call from the race director who apologized for yesterday's mix up.
I suggested a few things (which he said he wrote down and likes):
- a cone or something with arrows to direct runners in case they get missed by volunteers
- doing a group walk/run class out of the JCC to prep for next year's race to have people who can walk, run or walk/run it for fun next year
- talk to the timing company about staying longer (They didn't see the last runner on the course and assumed everyone was in.)
Not to mention a lot of the regulars over at the Runner's World forums were not only sympathetic but help me put a lot of stuff in perspective - as well as sharing their stories of DNF's, running a course backwards, being sent the wrong way (or not directed at all and going the wrong way) and such. It's hard when you're in the heat of the moment with a level of expectation to step back and say, "shit happens." It's much easier to do it a day or two later when you have a little time and perspective.
So I'm officially over it now. As I say there were some good things that came from it - including a new way to think of myself. That in itself means it was worth it.