After - VERY happy to be finished! |
After we crossed the finish line, we waited to watch another runner come in - we'd been playing hopscotch with her throughout the race, and at one point talked a bit. This was her first half marathon - and she has also lost a lot of weight - 160 lbs so far, all by dieting and exercise. Her in-laws were on the course the entire way - they had a red truck and every couple of miles, there they'd be, cheering Kelli on, and also the other runners near her. It was so nice to keep seeing them, and at one point, toward the end of the race, one man in their group said to me "you are doing SO good, you're almost there" - it was just what I needed to hear, as I was feeling pretty beat at that point. Kelli and I - her sweet husband gave her flowers at the finish line!
We made our way to where some of our USAFit peeps were hanging out, and Jeff relaxed in his usual manner. Amy's younger daughter, who'd been running around, came up to our group, looked at Jeff and asked, "Is he dead?" - we all busted up at that. Love little kids and their complete honesty! Not dead, just working on his tan... A rainbow of USAFit peeps! Me, Jeff, Will, Julia, and Amy My bib and medal! Cleaned up afterward, wearing the race shirt - the colors don't come across in pictures very well, but it's a really pretty maroon heather. Love it, and wore it with pride!