Coming into the finish.
1. It is an outstanding race and I just plain had fun. Yes, for me it's a local race but I think it can be fun no matter what. The crowd support is unreal throughout most of the race. The city comes out to support you. People in the neighborhoods you run through provide water, food, watermelon, FREEZER POPS and more. They have bands, signs and just plain hoot and holler to cheer you on. The crowds line the start and Church Street. The finish area is packed. I can't say enough about the feeling in the city when this race is going on.
Darlene and I meeting Deena Kastor at the Expo!
The morning of the race...... at Battery Park.
3. I am slow these days. Truthfully slow. Perhaps when I am all recovered I will put in some harder training but for now it's how it is.
Darlene did the first half and is on her way.
4. As mentioned my knee isn't what it could be.
I waited at Oakledge Park for the Darlene.
5. Any day you race (pretty much) is a good day. I try really hard to be happy about each race I do. I love racing and I try to find the good parts of the races I do. I think I do a fairly good job at this.
Yep, it's a pretty one.
6. There were so many people running this race to be celebrated. I saw a woman with a prosthetic. I saw mentally challenged racers. I saw an older woman being wildly cheered by her daughters. There are people who do the 5 person relay with shorter legs who ordinarily wouldn't be involved in a marathon. The cyclists/wheelchair athletes are highly celebrated on a hard course. Quite simply so many people are so happy.
Coming into the finish at the Waterfront.
7. The course is beautiful. The bike path is one of my happy places and here I was racing on it.
8. Maybe I'll see one of you here next year.