It was a tough day. The sun was shining, there were a ton of hills... but the race was well prepared. There were always people cheering you on, a lot of music, the water stations were well stocked and plentiful. Though the course may have been pretty hard, some of the music played slow (I shook my head when I listened to some of the songs they were playing), but the volunteers were plentiful, and a lot of them really had a passion to help with the race. I'm thankful to all the volunteers that stood out there and encouraged the runners for the long hours we were all out there.
At the end of the race, I sprinted as hard as I possibly could, pushing my body as far as I could in the last mile, and at the end, when I crossed the finish line, it was all I could do to not drop down and take a break. I kept on walking in order to let my muscles recover, and I received my medal and water, and found a sidewalk to sit down for a bit. I noticed that my iPhone had run out of batteries during the long run, so I had to ask a random lady to take a picture of me with her iPhone and send it to me (side note: good way to get numbers). I also talked to another guy who told me to go to http://marathonmaniacs.com/ which seems to be my kind of site. I need to look into it a little more, but it seems to be something that I'd like to be a part of. After taking my break, I got some gatorade, bananas, and other snacks while I went to get my gear. After I had gotten my gear, I asked someone if they could show me on their iPhone how to get to the starting line, which was two miles from the finish line. Planning on walking all the way there, I met a couple guys and started talking with them. Seemed like a small world when I found out that he was a brother of someone I knew from college. They offered me a ride which I took with gratitude, and so I managed to get to the starting line and to my car so I could drive back. It was really a long day, but it was well worth it. I had a great time.