The atmosphere and camaraderie at Sunday’s marathon was awesome. I expected to be intimidated, especially after I learned I was the only rookie in the field, but everybody was extremely supportive. Telling example: The guy who won was still hanging around when I finished 2 1/2 hours later, and he ran the last lap with me for moral support.
My time was about what I expected — 5:31, a 12 1/2 minute pace — and I met my goal of running the entire distance (except for two water breaks where I walked about 50 meters as I drank). I was not last, finishing 22nd out of 27 runners, but I should note that everybody behind me had run the previous day’s marathon as well — and in some cases, four or even six marathons that week.
A great race, full of amazing people. I’ll have more details in another post.