I was really dragging when my team coaches happened along. Dave and Kevin ran along with me encouraging me the whole last few miles. It was interesting that even though I thought I was running absolutely as fast as possible, they showed me that I really could run even faster. The van was right behind me that last mile and I was literally gasping for breath, but I made it. I was one of the very last people to cross that finish line. I thought I would faint when I finally got there. But I did get there and I did finish. My time was 6 hours and 47 seconds. I was first and also last in my age group too! I staggered to the Team In Training tent and checked in. I had to rest for a while before heading to the metro station with a few of the others.
I'm so glad the coaches were there because I doubt that I would have made it without their encouragement. It really showed me something though. It showed me that I can run faster if I really want to. I plan to train really hard in June for my next runs. I need to pick up the pace and get back into shape.
Here I am after the marathon, with my little Hello Kitty riding on my belt. I think she looks tired too!
What mattered the most was the cause. Our 266 Team In Training members brought in a huge amount of money to help find a cure for blood cancers. So, it really doesn't matter how fast we run, only that we do it. Curing cancer is the real finish line!