First, that is a hell of a finish...congrats!
Second, the prize for all that effort and time SUCKS! I entered a Party Poker FR where the top prize was something like $65. There were 4500 entries and play took 5+ hours to finish. I figured that I would have to finish top two just to make my normal hourly earnings at the cash tables. Instead I just made it into the money and cashed for $1.50...about $.35 an hour. Not gonna do that anymore.
I have decided to try and make my time online pay well for me. I no longer play the FRs that pay out little or nothing. I really enjoy the MTT, but I just can't stand the idea of playing 5 hours, finishing 12th and cashing for a whooping $24. I am saving my Party Points to buy into the $100,000 FR tourney. I have 2200 points and only 17,800 to go. (Of course, then I will overplay my QQ and bust out in the first hour...you know how it is.)