M is trying to run a 100 miler and practiced by running 35 miles of a 50 miler yesterday before running Nike Women's Marathon today. Pardon the craptastic photos... that's what you get from a phone camera w/ no flash at 6 a.m.
I'll admit that it was a pretty emotional course. So many people were running in memory of people. Kids. Parents. Spouses. Friends.
Weather forecast said rain, and it didn't disappoint.
It started sprinkling around mile 8. It let up and then started sprinkling again during mile 17. And then it began to rain. By the end, it was truly wet. We were soaked through. Lesson learned: running in the rain sucks. I have other lessons learned about chafing. That's all I'll say about that.
I started to get really tired during mile 12. By mile 16 I was ready to drop out. Partner dropped back and basically encouraged me the rest of the way. He probably could have finished in under five hours if he'd gone ahead. I can't say how much he helped me. I honestly think I wouldn't have finished. I love him very very much.
But we finished.
I forgot to get a picture of us at the finish (I might have been a bit addled).
But here's the sterling silver finisher's necklace from Tiffany & Co. Not bad swag.
Oh, and M? We joked last week that this might be the only time I could have a faster time than her, since she was giving me a 50 mile handicap. Well, with a 35 mile handicap, I didn't finish before her. M finished before 5:15.
Much thanks to our friend J that came to cheer for us and gave me salty food when my fingers began to swell, D for dropping us off and picking us up. And to all of you who have encouraged me these past six months. And to Partner, for being there from the first two-mile training run until the finish line.