BUT, in the end, we were triumphant! Autumn, Maddie, Lizzie, Nick, Kathryn and I (among 25,000 others!) all finished in one piece. Kathryn and I ended up finishing the race together at 2:10:28! My goal was 2 hours, but I am extremely happy with this time (which originally we thought was a little less than this, but again, I'm so happy with my results!).
Some of the highlights:
- First and foremost, our adoring fans: Straubs, Steph, James, the Doherty's, Pat and Mary. It takes a diehard to wait on the sidelines for hours just to see someone run past in a matter of seconds. Thank you all!
- Also, a big thank you is on order for Pat, Kathryn's husband, who sacrificed his morning to forge through the incredibly bad traffic to get us to the race. I owe him a drink. Or two. Maybe another trip to the Little Red Hen is in order??
- The beautiful course, especially along Lake Washington.
- At one point everyone was pointing at this bald eagle and I overheard a lady saying, "Oh crap, is everyone pointing out another big hill?!"
- The funny water station volunteers who would be holding out water and yelling, "Bud Light, come and get it" or "Gin and tonic! It's your friend."
- Where the full marathoners split, there was a man yelling, "Come to the dark side" and all I could think was, "Oh, hell no!"
- The MJ tribute in one lady's lawn - complete with a framed picture and blasting Billie Jean.
- The makeshift band with a 10-year old boy taking his job oh-so-seriously.
- A woman in the blue wig or the lady with the sequined cape and shoe covers. There were just some overall fashion disasters going on.
- The mile 12 marker. Damn, it had to have been the longest mile in history.
- Somehow managing to gather enough energy to sprint to the finish line. DONE! (Well, until the next one on October 3rd.)
- Brunch with the Doherty's after the race - as Maddie puts it, we were playing with house money and could eat whatever we wanted. (I may have taken this too literally over the course of the day.)