Sparticus, err...Trollist, err...JOKM
You, I mean all 3 of your personalities, are right and have made some valid points.
When I ran Boston, I too walked on the shoulder for many periods of the race, and then started running when I felt like.
I also hid my number as I was too proud of my efforts and didn't want too many people recognizing me and praising me repeatedly after my heroic race.
I also ran a 10k pr pace late in the race...I was REALLY feeling gooooood!
My hat? Well, I feel it necessary to finish and start with a different logo as it too would clash with my efforts.
Changing my shoes, even in short races? I thought that everyone did that.
I would simply just place them by a tree and changed about 4 miles in as to avoid blisters that would occur from the other shoes if I ran too fast in them for too long. Sure, it took a couple minutes to complete the shoe change, but I made up for it by running so fast the last 2 miles. I am still perplexed as to why nobody remembers seeing me run by them at 4:30 pace!
Not hitting mats in a few races (some that didn't exist), I too have ran by them so fast that the receiving just didn't register my chip....did I mention that I was fast?
Anyways, The Trollist and his other alias's have to be right or how else can it be explained?