|The crew after the Lancaster Rally. So much run riding with my new Bike Bestie Mary!|
|The skies about 15 minutes before the finish, before the last downpour of the day.|
And our rewards on race day have been.... mixed. The first year, I nearly broke myself before the race even started. 2011, well, yeah, we all know that story... In 2012, Marci & Robert ran the full but the rest of us ran the half in possibly the most humid conditions I've every tolerated. Last year, we had pretty decent weather, but my training was lacking and the whole day was overshadowed by the emotions of the Boston attack. So this year, we took all the "usual" and "routine" and threw it out. Instead, we got another hotel room (thanks Hilton Honors points, for the free room) overlooking the minor league ballpark. We expressed our regrets to the OKC runner group who usually hosts us for dinner and instead decided to go to the game, and eat hot dogs and ice cream out of a plastic mini helmet. We stayed up late. We had already decided we were going to have fun on the course and take selfies at every mile and sing and high-five volunteers. We wanted to have fun.
|I loves me some baseball. No matter the teams or level of play. PLAY BALL!|
|Oh, Oklahoma. Why you gotta do me like this?|
|I love these girls. Every day I know them is a blessing.|
I am looking at a 2:45 finish time with my current training levels on a perfect day in perfect conditions. With the emotional trauma of the flashbacks, and the delay, and the uncertainty of the weather and course in the next few hours, who knows what we might have been looking at. So we made the decision formally that I honestly think I had made when we stepped outside the hotel.
|Hanging out with a few hundred of my closest friends in the parking garage...|
|As we walked to our hotel, we saw the runners heading up the overpass. We prayed they would stay dry.|
|Some of my favoritest people on the planet.|
|Comfort, Strength, Peace, Hope and Serenity|
|The Survivor Tree|
Huge congrats to all the runners who started and finished, who Ran to Remember. I did not run today, but I always remember.