WE DID IT!!! She seemed to do much better once she was able to stop pushing it. I know she feels bad and feels that she held me back, but I don't even care. It was an honor for me to be able to help her through something so miserable. There was absolutely nothing she could have done to prevent what happened. It was just one of those things that you have no control over. I am just counting my blessings that I didn't also have to deal with it. The best part for me is the fact that I was so worried about her that I didn't even once feel any pain or soreness at all! I worried about all that for nothing! But I couldn't help but feel in my heart as I crossed that finish line, that I hadn't really earned that medal. The race didn't really challenge me like I had planned on. It wasn't any worse than my training runs. In fact it was easier than some. But then I realized it wasn't just about the challenge, but about the whole experience. No, I didn't push myself like I thought I would have to, but maybe I did in another way I hadn't planned on. I found this quote that sums it up for me. "We are different, in essence, from other men. If you want to win something, run 100 meters. If you want to experience something, run a marathon." - Emil Zatopek And I did experience something...and then some. It was an incredible experience. All in all it was a success. We both finished and even though our time is no where near what we had hoped for, it doesn't matter. Like I said before...this one was about the journey NOT the destination. And what a journey it was! I just want to thank Jen for taking me along for the ride! The only problem now is... I can't wait to do it again! Maybe even a whole next time! Nah...I really didn't say that...did I???
Here's some photos of the day... I know some are pretty bad, but after all the other photos I've posted in the past on this blog, I have no pride left anyway!
ag-o-KNEE of de-FEET!
My timing chip was not activated as I crossed my starting line. It was automatically activated when all the other half-ers began at 7 a.m. and then the starting mechanism was moved and an intermediate one put in it's place. I was told otherwise, so my time came out as 5:13!!!! Holy Cow! A turtle could crawl it faster than that! My actual time was 2:41:07. I was able to get it changed so it didn't show up in the newspaper with that time by my name. I would be shown as dead last! Dead, maybe....but not last!