For starters, it's in Raleigh, less than 10 minutes from my house. And Raleigh is super. In fact, the start line is at NC State's belltower, which gives me a weird school-pridey feeling that I typically reserve for graduations and Final Four appearances. So, basically, not that often/never.
I mean, if you can think about Jimmy V's ESPY speech and not cry, you're an asshole, and have no heart. We really shouldn't talk anymore. But I digress. I love this place, and this race reminds me of that collegiate bond you can only have with your alma mater.
|Picture courtesy of City of Oaks Marathon|
2013 time: 1:07:48
2014 time: 59:43
Eight minutes and five seconds faster than last year. As always, PRs are really gratifying, but surpassing a goal is even cooler. I wanted to beat an hour on this one. As we came towards the finishing chute (10K on left, half/full continued on right), I could see the clock at 59:30 and was really bummed because my side was cramping pretty badly, and I didn't think I'd be able to make it. Later, when I stopped my watch after crossing the finish, I realized the clock was on gun time and I was on chip, so technically, mission accomplished.
|Picture courtesy of Runner's World|
Then, of course, we celebrated with bagels and coffee, and selfies. #talkingboutmygeneration
|Leanna, me, and BF - memories fade, but fuzzy selfies live forever.|
|Bling never gets old.|