We're home! And we did it! I have A LOT to say about this race, and I will write out the whole race report tomorrow, and it will be long. The course was beautiful, the weather was great, and all 7 of us finished. But of course, there is much more drama than that. You name it, I went through it today: joy, elation, frustration, heart ache, misery, love, support, crying, exhaustion, chafing, blisters, pain, cramping, nausea, and back to elation and a little delirium (see photo). It was so so hard and humbling, and crossing the finish line was amazing. Despite pretty much falling to pieces during the last 5 miles, I finished in 5:19, an 18 minute PR.
I'll be back with tons more stories, photos and video. I'm going to drink a beer and get to bed.
"Love yourself, for who and what you are; protect your dream and develop your talent to the fullest extent. Don't lose sight of your goals. No matter what the obstacles are, don't let anything deter you from your best effort. Don't allow anyone to tell you what you can and cannot do. Be tough, be stubborn, love yourself, and find friends who believe in you." --Joan Benoit Samuelson