Finished Akron in a respectable 4:20, despite my knee spasming at mile 15 and the volunteers trying to make me go to the medical tent. It really wasn’t that bad! I told them, “are you kidding me??? The last time it did this was much worse, and I was only at mile 6, and I walked the rest. If you think I’m quitting at mile 15, you are crazier than I am.” The runners around me cheered :)
I did not see Viper, which is sad because I had three extra beer tickets for him (can’t drink because I have to drive to the airport). However, he must have passed me at some point, because I started super fast (the 3:40 pace group passed me at mile 8) and slowed as I went, so I’m sure he was in there somewhere. As a consolation prize, I registered for Portland within 5 minutes of arriving back at my hotel, so I get to meet more of you wonderful people :) Most people run a marathon thinking “why am I doing this”; I run a marathon thinking “when I get home I want to sign up for next weekend’s race!”
Now it’s time for me to get a shower in, because I am disgusting. More to come!