Ran into Crutch on my way from the car to pick up my bib, nice to see a friendly face. I may be overwhelming with my hugs, though. Sorry! He had on hat, gloves, and two shirts, oh shit was I under clothed in my MCM moc tech shirt (it is pretty thick) and a skirt? Well I do have my Wild Turkey gloves in my purse in the car, I guess I could grab them? Feh, lets see what the start line feels like. I don't want to spend the race giving people the bird.
|Left glove - I suppose showing the thumb would be helpful....|
Got all checked in. The bib guy says "Oh cool name." *smile* I love that comment. Perhaps marrying a beam or gun would also have been good. But that would have messed with my BELLS initials, and my OCD could go into overdrive.
Found Ro and Mark, finally got to meet Ro's amazing sister!
And the line up starts and talk of finish times and what each was expecting. I threw out 55, hoping that I could at least maintain 10, especially since the course measures short of the 5.5 miles, so there was a little bit of wiggle room.
Got tapped on the shoulder by people I knew, good luck hugs all the way around. Yes, Monica, I do know EVERYONE. HA HA HA!!
And the gun goes off. And off we go. Not too cold, not too warm, the wind off the water was nice and calming as my heart was racing. Yeah, I know pull up your big girl panties and do this thing. It was nice to have biked along River Road with Dave yesterday, I could remember our conversation about how gorgeous and area we live in, the view running is so different from the view biking. I huffed it along and got in a grove. The mile marker sign came up before my watch beeped. I peeked, 9 ish pace, are you kidding me? Well I feel good just keep it up. And so on it went as the mile markers went by (and yes I walked two of the water stops) I was peeking and seeing 9 ish pace. Huh... I checked the total time and wow, I may come in under 50 minutes. NO STOP, just STOP, just run silly girl.
I saw the banner and thought THAT was the finish line, I turned up the speed and holy wow, no that wasn't the finish line. Patrick snapped a nice pic. Thanks!
|Slightly disappointed that wasn't the actual finish line!|
Then I finally saw the actual finish line the cones and the timing mat and I went for it. Official time 49:52. Yippiee!!!
Coming up to the line and crossing it I could hear Patrick, Crutch, Ro, and Mark cheering me on. I nearly ran into Ro, she took one look at me and said "Are you ok?" "Yeah, I just need to walk." I can't just stop running. Crutch caught up with me, as surprised as I was with my performance. We chatted. The Sullivan's came over to chit chat and comment on 'watching' the marathon. You can see virtual dots on the course, ok that is pretty cool. A little big brother scary, however cool. They had a relative running and for a while I was out running him, then the 1/2 way point hit and the game changed. All parted ways, I know I was starting to get chilly!!
Caught up with Mark and Ro at the Harp and Hound shared a beer (thanks Mark) and caught up on running, biking, and general nonsense!
Beth, feeling redeemed, normal, and a little proud of herself.