Home again, and I don’t want to keep you in suspense! I’m exhausted, but figured I’d at least leave a quick recap for now in Razzdoodle style bullets:
- I ended up wearing the sash that my mom made for me, which I loved. However, it was a little hard to read it because of the script-y font, so a lot of spectators were kind of confused. One guy called me Miss America (inaccurate, but rather appropriate considering I did run across America), and a whole lot of people called me Princess. I didn’t get the princess thing (princesses don’t wear sashes!) but loved it nonetheless!
- The race was very hot and humid, but I managed a 4:06 finish, thanks in large part to my awesome friend John, who was with me up until mile 25.
- I ran up the final hill and sprinted to the finish from there, passing all the mere mortals on my way :)
- As I crossed the finish line, the announcer said, “Ladies and gentlemen, here she IS!” And proceeded with an awesome speech about who I was and how I had just broken the world record as the youngest woman to run a marathon in all fifty states. I was pacing around just across the line with my hands on my head in disbelief, looking like I’ve seen the elites look after they win Boston or New York or whatever. People were snapping pictures of me like I was a celebrity!
- My parents had a huge banner made and were just before the finish, so they brought it to the finish area, and then my dad popped a bottle of champagne and sprayed it all over me. In true Absolut(ly) Fit fashion, I grabbed the rest of the bottle and chugged it, all while the local photographer took pictures. I hope that shot makes the front page!
- From there, I headed to the waterpark in my hotel (yes, IN my hotel!) and took a quick ride on the waterslides before heading off to shower.
- And finally, my post-race bash was held at an Irish pub where I didn’t eat a stitch of real food and instead drank WAY too much beer/cider. I got presented with a few awards from various organizations and I loved getting to celebrate with so many of my running friends!
- Meanwhile, my phone battery is almost dead thanks to all the text messages, calls, voicemails, and e-mails I’ve been getting. Thank you all SO much for your support!
Full race report will come soon (plus pictures!), but if you’re in the NYC area, be sure to watch New York Nightly News with Chuck Scarborough tomorrow night – they’re interviewing me live on the show! You can catch it on NBC at 7pm EST. In other cool press: they announced me on the Minneapolis local news tonight in the race coverage. Check it out here (watch the video to the right of the article).