AM- Met a few guys (Jeremy, Byron, and Merle) on the FHT to do the Bench marathon. Was going pretty easy on the way out- 2:12 to the bench (usually about 6 min faster, though there were some big downed trees to climb today- and I mean big). On the way back, Merle had knee pain so we walked with him a while, then Jeremy wasn't feeling well. Then I caught Byron and we talked about Barkley a bunch, as he's a veteran of it, including 2 time Fun Run finisher. Unfortunately, it appears my lottery luck continues and I didn't get an email from the RD saying I was chosen. I just have no luck this year- 4 lotteries so far that were unsuccessful. Hopefully I can get into Chuckanut, at least. Anyways, finished the 24.5 mile run in 4:49, my slowest run by over 30 min, though I was still tired. Too much holiday food. Now I better rest for Harbison 50k next weekend.