the pace a bit and was able to keep ultra runner and uber fast TATUR Stormy in my sights for maybe a mile - no small feat since he runs at roughly half my pace... I finished that loop rather quickly all things considered and shockingly enough I did locate my new and missing camera with a triumphant YAHTZEE!!! I then wandered my way back to my tail companions I had left in the dust in my rush to locate said camera. Our goal of being the last finishers was achieved - my time was 5:44:00. And I was nursing some terrific blisters to boot. But this race coupled with A2A 14 days prior was enough to get me into the Half Fanatics as Asylum number 935. I took a day off from training to allow my feet some recovery before Bif D.
Saturday morning Susan and I departed for Dallas after eating breakfast at Ihop - where I was lucky enough to contract food poisoning - yay. After feeling queasy for about 3 hours of this drive a healthy puking inside the Texas border and all was right with the world. We got to bed at a decent hour - while my little brother Matt danced the night away at his Sr prom. He picked me up at my hotel at 6:35 in the AM and we were off to the race! This was to be Matt's first half and his longest run to date - the previous being a 5 miler.
And this is where the big sister camera monster comes out to play. Its ok his mom's a photographer - he is used to it!
We took a quick pic to send to the family pre race.
After the race there were showers on hand and we all felt a bit more human after taking one.
Matt took a quick nap while we waited on Brian to finish the full. Yes this was my slowest half to date and the conditions were not idea, food poisoning, humidity, heat....
But in spite of all the difficulties I faced this is my most memorable, most proud race I have ever run.