ERIN, WE OWN THIS RACE!
Accepting our medals at finish line
6:49 official time, last finisher in my age group, technically I deducted an addl 10 min for slight detour around L street, photo ops with friends and long red light at Watt Ave, placed 5738th out of approx 5800 who finished, 48,374 steps on the pedometer, although it should have been more like 52,000 for the 26.2 miles since the pedometer kept falling off, 2 dead skunks, multiple unidentified road kill, 3 potty stops, came in ahead of the 81 year old man born in 1930 who was completing his 64th marathon and the 83 year old competing with his daughter, 2 hrs behind the oldest 75 year old female finisher.
Could have driven from Sac to Disneyland in the time it took us to finish.
Food intake, 2 pbj sandwiches 2 bananas, 2 tubes of Bloks or Blobs, Pringles (thank you Sac Fit), vanilla wafers, frosted animal cookies, Oreos I nabbed from the left over food pile at 3rd Sac Fit aid station, almonds, salted potatoes, corn chips, 2 Cutie oranges, Gatorade from aid stations, 1 of which used hose water to mix the drink, water, water with chia seeds, 1 bottle of regular Coca Cola, no goo gels.
Blisters 2 major, 1 minor, and puffy feet, potential toenail loss 2 suspect, 1 for sure. In dire need of pedi. Stiff muscles, massage to come.
My best marathon time, no. Best marathon experience ever. Absolutely. Nothing like having a great walking friendship to keep our morale up when the aches and pains start. Nothing like having great friends at the finish line when your finish time is 3 times as long as the winner. Nothing like a stroll on a beautiful late fall day because I can.
When I embark on an event like this, I own it.
No matter the results, no matter the pain, I own it.
No matter the sacrifice and long hours it takes, I own it.
When I shorten a workout just because, I own it
When we crossed the finished line together
WE OWNED THE 2011 CALIFORNIA INTERNATION MARATHON
YIP YIP YIP YAHOO