My wife's work was sponsoring a local running event and strongly encouraging their associates and staff and families to participate. I enjoy running, and I've frequently run much further distances...but I've actually only raced that distance once, and that was in high school.
To add to my uncertainty, most of my exercising of late has been pacing back and forth with my daughter, not running. I've done some biking, some stroller-walking, and some pick-up basketball games, but I think I'd only been running two or three times since she was born in April. My hope is that once my son starts preschool (tomorrow, actually...yikes), then I'll have some chances to take my daughter out in the jogging stroller, but that doesn't help much when it comes to preparing myself for the race this morning.
So I had no idea what kind of time I might get. At my peak mileage in college, I always suspected that I'd be able to go 16 minutes pretty easily and with a few races to get used to the pacing, probably even faster, though of course that was just guesswork based on the pace we did on much longer runs. The pace I'd been going with the jogging stroller (and a 35-pound child), though again for further distances, would have put me at something closer to double that.
I'm a bit embarrassed to admit my time--it was no where near 16 minutes. I'd only just passed the 2-mile mark by about then. But it wasn't as bad as double either, and I enjoyed it. Hopefully I can do the kind of running I'm envisioning over the next few months, and then maybe I can try another race in November or so.