I ran the Baltimore Marathon yesterday. 5:32:46. I intended to run/walk 3:1 in 5 hours or more.
At mile 13 we were harassed by the Occupy Baltimore (Occupy Harborplace really) protesters. Why? Who knows? I was still feeling good.
At mile 18 I was thinking "What the fvck am I doing this for? I have nothing I have to prove. I can catch that bus, right there, back to Camden Yards and just be DNF. Crap! No money."
At mile 21 my battery on my phone died. I forgot to switch on the piggyback-up at mile 20. RunKeeper died and all my fans wondered what happend to me.
Near mile 23 there was a clever sign. "π mile to go. Run!" So, 3.141459. That's the home stretch. Piece of π. Just turn left onto Howard which becomes MLK.
But You had to cross the Howard Street Bridge, a tall arch over I83 and the railroad tracks. Then a little jog onto MLK to Eutaw Street. When I crossed Camden Street, The Warehouse was on my left and I felt a surge of emotion I didn't expect. About 500 yards left!
As I passed Oriole Park and entered the chute, I could actually feel tears in my eyes. I was running faster than I had run in the last 10 miles. I was laughing too!
I crossed the line laughing and in tears.
I DID IT!
That was my last Long Run before Savannah in 20 days. I will have two more long runs but no more Long Runs.
I am ready!
Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible -- St Francis of Assisi
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