Again, I was hoping for a personal best here. I was actually hoping for 1:15. I was on target to do that and then the sun hit me. This is a flat and shadeless course. What little bits of shade there was, I took advantage of. The last 2 km's though was wide open and I kept getting slower and slower. I ended up finishing in 1:21:02. Not 1:15 but still a personal best by about 4 minutes or so. I'm okay with that!!! My friend Nicole finished her half in an amazing 1:42. WTF!!! She is such a motivator for me. She is this totally fit, running, bike riding, spinning, weight lifting little dynamo. She's in fantastic shape and she's earned every little bit. Once I crossed the finish line, I made my way up to the stands and kept my eyes peeled for her so I could record her crossing the finish line. She blew past about 6 people in the last 30 feet of the race!! We then watched until the first female and male marathon finishers crossed. It was actually emotional watching people cross because this race is on Father's Day every year and there's a lot of kids running with their fathers and they cross the line holding hands, arms in the air. What a fantastic moment for the Dad and an awesome memory for the child. We walked out to the shuttle buses and again, the lines were crazy so we actually walked back out to the car again! Add another 3 kms! Great day though.
|Guide Runner & Blind Runner --and I could only keep up with them for the first few km's.|