Out of the 8 marathons I have now run, this was the toughest one. Between the brutal heat, which got up to 85, the hills that I wasn't expecting with wind blowing in our faces, and being sick, I am just happy I crossed the finish line. It may have been 23 minutes slower then I wanted, but it was a finish and I will take it. I am going to spare you the boring details, because I am sure you can guess what kind of a race I had with all of the crap that was thrown at me. I will just share a few statistics.... For the Half marathon (mini) 9397 finished... the full had 1067 runners finish. I finished 386Th overall, 102ND out of the females, and I finished 16Th in my age group.
This picture is of me at mile 22..... This is right before we went over the 3rd street bridge, when we came back over we were almost at mile 25, which is where I stopped to pose for a photo with my two cute little girlie's. The 3rd Picture is of my nasty toe. I can't figure out why, but my right foot gets the brunt of the pounding. I lost the three middle toe nails on that foot from my marathon in Feb and so what you see painted pink, is just the hard stuff under. The middle toe took the pounding yesterday.... Ouch.......
The last picture is from my hotel room window. That is the 3rd street bridge, which we ran on... it was super windy running across this baby. If you look close you can still see people running when I took this picture.
I of course forgot to put sunscreen on, so I am toasted. I am a little sore today, but not bad at all. I think that is because I walked so much. The last 6 miles were hell, and everyone was walking more then once a mile. I drank so much water and Gatorade. I wanted to be sure I stayed hydrated, and I did. By mile 20 I had to pee again, so I knew I was staying hydrated. I heard siren after siren after siren and I knew it was other runners that couldn't make it to the finish line, and I was determined to cross the finish line and still be standing. I was, and my chip was 4:23:30..... A little slower then I wanted, but I will take it.