I looked like this
I knew there were hills but I did not expect this to matter all that much. It did it mattered a lot and I was a full 26 minutes from my goal pace. I blame my Garmin for that-more later.
Let me tell you the story in pictures.
I wasn't sure how a race of 30,000 people would start a race without a wave start but we did and it was organized and roomy and awesome. Marines -tell everyone else how you did that.
More notes from the start
- Way millions of port a potties meant I went to the bathroom 3 times with no lines before the start.
- Marines are awesome
- The sky divers with the flags made me happy
- the fly over was cool
- Sean Astin -Rudy gave a Rudy type of speech which was awesome for a hobbit.
- America is a badass country and I wouldn't live anywhere else.
This is waiting for you at the finish and each and everyone of them will shake your hands and thank you for running-and it starts at that famous .2 uphill. Thank us? No thank you
I finished and I actually way beat the bridge-so this will be my Facebook cover photo for ever now
The start is based on the honor system. I really expected to finish with this goal but that didn't happen partially because this was the hardest marathon ever
This is us-in the dark-waiting to start. It was the most relaxing start ever. For a nano second I thought the security was really lax-until i remembered the thousands of marines hanging around. Most secure marathon ever.
Super proud to be American today
Last week firemen -this week Marines-who will cheer my running next week?
Official picture to follow-but you finish here. Again -America is badass
Some people can run on feel. If I do that I run 15 minute miles. I can not run without a Garmin. I simply can not. My fully charged Garmin died at mile 20-I had no idea how to manage the rest of the race without it. I'm mad and will be complaining to them. This Garmin has always been a problem....
And this is the medal.
Rob said all along he was retiring from the marathon. I love the marathon and until the Garmin incident I was on pace to make my goal.
There are only 3 marathons I will consider running and they all chose by lottery. If I got into this one again I would train harder and hire a coach. I'm old -it's hard. Every injury I ever had and a few I didn't know I had acted up on this run-to do it again I would need more help.
Oh and The Giants won which was a nice surprise at 415 AM and I'm not going to lie-I though of Hunter Pence often and gave my self Hunter Pence inspirational speeches many times during the race.