In large races when I’m surrounded by runners the entire 26.2 miles, the water stations get congested.  It’s not a lack of planning by race organizers – there are plenty of volunteers and the water tables are staggered and more than ample.  Here’s the problem – when everyone sees the water, they get all excited and don’t want to miss their opportunity to grab a cup and keep going.  I’m one of them.  A while back, someone taught me to keep running in the middle of the road until the last table.  By then, the crowds have thinned, and it’s easier to scoot over and grab a cup.  Common sense, but I needed someone to tell me.  Despite that strategy, the whole bottleneck episode…