Well, I woke up alive and that's a start.
Actually, this year I am feeling a lot better post race than I have in the past. Usually, it is slow and painful to get up the next few days but I am only feeling a few aches in my knees and lower back. Getting around is ok. The only hard part is when I set for extended periods of time (like at the office) getting up is a chore. 2011's run was in the rain as well and I was pretty waterlogged by the end. By 5 pm that evening, I was knee deep into a major cold that hung around for two weeks. First time I didn't go into work after the run. This time I did ok with the rain and haven't gotten the zombie flu (yet). I attribute that to either 1) conditioning (hah!), or 2) wearing layers/rain gear, or 3) preventive med loading (Zicam), or 4) dumb luck. Regardless, I am feeling well enough to knock out another 3-4 mile run today.
Speaking of layers, the rain gear did help somewhat. Wore my speed shell - a disposable jacket that has tear away sleeves. Bought it a few years back but never used it until Sunday. I also had rain pants but chose not to use them - went with wind pants instead. Found out in the first mile the difference between waterproof and water resistant. My waterproof socks weren't exactly dry but they did wick away the water so my feet didn't have any problems. Besides, when you run through large puddles, there's not much that will keep the water out. Even my shoes are still damp. I am still trying to gather up some pictures of the run/runners. Lots of color, lots of trash bag runners. If you want to see some of the action, just go over to Flicker under 2013 Houston Marathon.
All told, it was a good, if not wet run.