I am really happy to have met all of these cool folks. Although just about everyone in the group was an accomplished runner with years of experience, they were very open and accepting to a newbie like me, and I pretty instantly felt like I met a new group of friends. These guys are super accomplished and many super fast (one guy had been a world class runner, and had some 2:20 marathons back in the day) and thus have tons of great advice (I gotta keep up with my hill repeats). The next race is next week (every other week), and there are various and sundry runs in between.
I will at the very least join them for the races; I am still not sure I want to run with a group on a regular basis both because I am so slow and because I do enjoy running on my own. We'll see how it all progresses.
Anyhow, the day after I headed to Marin for my week of work, and worked and slept and ran not at all. I got back home yesterday, slept for yet another huge passel of hours, and am finally feeling at least a little like myself today. I hope to get out later for a run . . . .