|Looking good early.|
Soon came time to load to the corrals. Unlike the 5K, the corrals were down around the way and required a non-trivial walk from the staging area. I was set for corral K and Derek for P, as he did not submit his 10K time. Well, we were having none of that and were determined to run together. The plan was to try and squeeze by those checking bibs at the gate, but that was a no-go. We were informed what we already knew, I could drop back but he could not pull forward. I continued to walk into the corral, walked up about half way up and stopped on the railing to see what Derek wanted to do. In the last corral, we watched someone gracefully hop the fence unnoticed. I'm not saying I'd condone this, not saying we did anything, but Derek and I were soon safely together in the corral awaiting the start.
|My one character photo stop.|
|I see it!|
I turned to watch Derek cross the line, shared a high five, a hug and proceeded to receive our medals. As I noticed the first person just handing medals, and proceeded further down the line to someone placing them over peoples head. I know something small and silly, but that's what I really wanted. I looked down at the medal, my medal, and picked it up and gave it a kiss.
It. Felt. Good.
Official time: 3:34:02.
Unofficial tracking: Nike+.
After some ice for Derek, some bio freeze for my shoulders we found our way out to Steph. Along the way we grabbed some grub, some Powerade and water. She gave us both hugs and told me how proud she was. That felt good as well. I had come a long way and had finished the race.
|Bib and bling.|
Sorry for the length. I know it's a little more than a "recap" but I wanted to share. They'll likely be several more posts about the run weekend and the experience, but I wanted to try and give a large whole picture here. Hope you enjoyed. In case you can't tell, I did.