My time was nothing to brag about: 2 hours 19 minutes, 22+ minutes off my best time. but still probably one of my most enjoyable races. I stopped at drink stations, stopped at a church to use the restroom (after waiting in the port a potty line for almost 5 minutes), and stopped to stretch a cramp once along the way.
My favorite parts of this race were:
- Noticing and smelling the blossoms on many of the trees along the way.
- The weather was overcast, cool, and perfect, and the last mile had a little sprinkle of rain.
- Running up state street and realizing that rarely (if ever) will I have the chance to have the roads shut down and be able to run up the road in front of the city/county building, Grand America hotel and down into the gateway plaza.
- Having the marathon winner come through toward the finish at the same time I was coming in. The crowds cheered and the motorcycle police cleared the path.