I got second in my age class, although there were only three of us. But it was still cool to place. I got a little coffee mug, a ribbon, and a key ring of an Alaska Map. Very cute.
I saw Diane who was doing the walk, and my two speedy friends, Jill and Jennifer who ran the ultra. Next year my goal is to do the ultra. It's 49 k and if I can be in decent shape it would be awesome to do that. But this year I was just happy to finish in a respectable time. Diane and I went to her house and relaxed in the hot tub then she treated me to a delicious salmon dinner.
I wondered if I might have had a little help from above on the race. I got there at 7 am even though the race doesn't start until 9. I found a wonderful parking place a block from the start line. Ironically it was right in front of Holy Family Cathedral. A man out front told me that mass stated at 7:30. I didn't get to go to mass this morning because of the marathon so found a seat near the back and got to calm my nerves and spirit at mass there at Holy Family. I probably looked a little odd in my running dress wearing a number. But it was awesome! I had plenty of time to grab my stuff from my car and make it to the start line in time.
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