Well, I did it! After a wonderful pre-Thanksgiving dinner with parents in Long Beach, I woke up on Thursday morning and we drove over to Belmont Shores.
(One of these pictures shows me getting ready at the start of the race!)
Jodi drove (as we've found I generally get into "race mode" about 2 hours before each event!), and as I'd registered the day before we were able to walk around and peruse the event prior to me running.