After completing this race, I now have nine marathons under my belt. I remember running the first one under the assumption I would never do it again, yet five years later I'm on number 9. While I at least need to get to number 10, I don't know how many more will follow. Each race is long and difficult, though the actual experience always makes up for it. While this race wasn't my fastest run, it was easily one of the most consistent, well-paced, and celebrated runs.
Perhaps the best element of today's race was the support not only from friends, but some students came out to watch us run. While they were probably only there for Ms. Jenkins, they're support was more inspirational than they know. It really made it all worth it to see them out there.
I could describe the race to you, from the early miles in the strip district, to the North side, the West end, the South side, Oakland, Homewood, Bloomfield, and, Downtown...but you really just had to be there. It's really the entire city in a day, including over a dozen regions, ninety neighborhoods, and thousands of people. Additionally, it encompasses the entire spectrum of the agony and the ecstasy of life, from the nervousness of the start, the excitement of the early miles, and ranging all the way until the death-defying final two miles followed immediately by the thrill of accomplishment. I've run shorter races for years including 5Ks, 10Ks, and half marathons, but none of them really compare. The marathon is really the limit of the average person's physical limit. You learn a lot about yourself by spending time around that limit once of year or more. Maybe we'll see some of you out there next year! I know that most of you say you won't...but I bet you will. (Timber)
Check out some pictures below, more to come soon!