Unlike my first two I was never alone on this run. There were lots of people at the same pace as me, which was so encouraging. The other fun part was that the full marathon started at the same time and their second half was our race. So I was able to see some AMAZING runners pass me. Now it did not happen until 1 hour 50 minutes into the race, but it did happen. The first guy finished in 2 hours and 23 minutes FAST!!!!! But it was so awesome to see such beauty in those elite athletes.
The last stretch felt like 2 miles. It felt like the finish would never get here. But it did and when my watch stopped I was under 3 hours! My goal. Even if the official results say 3 hours and 3 seconds, it did not take into account the fact that I had to wait for 10 minutes to get in. But when you have to go you have to go and you never know when you will see another port-a-john.
I finished! I felt good! And I FINISHED!!!!!
|After race and shower!|
|Bib and Finishers Medal (PRETTY!)|