The Last Chance Marathon went well and my knee held up pretty good. Rob, Steve, and I ran the marathon together with a time of 4:11:08. Both Rob and Steve had run the Flat Ass Marathon last week so they were gutting it out today. I thank them for running with me and providing lots of entertainment along the way. We were afraid we might be voted as the most obnoxious runners on the course as we had a lot of fun with the runners we encountered along the way. We joined Diana "Slug" Robinson for the last loop of the race and I think it helped us all to have someone new to hear from and talk to. Diana really picked up the pace for us in the last few miles and kept us under 4:15. I had to laugh at something Diana said when we were running with her. The year before she became a marathon maniac she ran 75 races in one year. I was like, "and what isn't maniacal about running 75 races in one year?"
The course was basically broken up into four 6 + mile loops, two loops to the north and two loops to the south. Since we were a full loop ahead of Michelle and Margaret Rob in his infinite wisdom decided it would be a good idea to run the last loop with them after we finished the marathon. I didn't think much of the idea at first but after some food at the finish and changing my running shoes I decided to join in on the idea. Steve, being somewhat more intelligent than Rob and I chose to stay at the finish.
Steve and Patch did end up walking out the last loop about a mile and a half and running back in with us for Michelle and Margaret's final miles. Bottom line, the extra loop isn't something I wanted or had planned to do but it helped me build some mental toughness and allowed me to finish the year with a nice 32 mile run.
Happy New Year!
I'm back! I'm back!
2 days ago