I did wake up before the sun on Sunday with a foggy mist hanging over the Capitol building:
The crazy weather was kind enough to not be freezing, and it was relatively warm. And once you start running, you're plenty warm:
I did run down South Congress all the way to Ben White.
I did run back up 1st and crossed the bridge to get back downtown.
I did run all the way up Austin, elevation-wise and North-wise. I was probably just a few hundre yards from Yogurtland up at Northcross, but in other strong show of willpower, I remained on the course.
I did make it up the final, insult-to-injury hill that you face when you make your way back around the Capitol building.
I did listen to the 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' theme as I pushed myself towards the finish line. Because imagining an ascending Mayor chasing you through an explosive-laden high school hallway is the motivation you need after 26.1 miles for the last .1.
I did cross the finish line.
I did raid the tables of post-race sustenance in the finisher's shoot. A banana and a protein cookie never tasted so good.
I did wear the medal for the rest of the day. Not that I spent much time out socializing after all that, but it stayed on until we got home. I was tempted to wear it to work, but I refrained. Even when I found out that out of the few hundred of employees that had registered, I had somehow ended up the 3rd female finisher of the full marathon amongst them. Given that it took me 6 hours, I think that says more about the limited number of women who ran the full than it does about my speed, but that still shows me that I did something not everyone does.
And I did really, really enjoy the huge bowl of pink grapefruit sorbet that we stopped off to get on he the way home.
I did it!
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