Anyway, here are my splits from yesterday at Whistlestop (also a negative split!):
Total time - 3:59:53
For my age group, the Boston qualifier is 4:00:59. ;-)
I ran with a guy named Tom almost the entire way. I was wearing my FCA-Endurance Team(Fellowship of Christian Athletes) jersey, and when we passed one other guy who said, "love your shirt!", Tom and I had the opportunity to talk faith a little. He studies lots of religions so it was really interesting and the miles clicked off one by one. I told him that I like endurance sports because I can bring Jesus with me out there and He keeps me company when it's great as well as when it sucks. About the halfway mark, when I was still feeling great, I quietly said a prayer that "if You want to finish this marathon with me, it'd be great to go under 4 hours. But if that's not the Plan, just bring me in feeling good, ok? Amen."
Looking at how fast I got at the end, I can only think that power came from somewhere outside of me.
Any which way you read it, it was a great race for me and I'm not even sore. (Don't hate me for that, ok?)
I had so much fun with the friends I went with - hugs to Holly, Chae, Diane, Merilee (p.s. - Merilee - you over paid for gas so I owe you some money), Guy, and Marty - you guys are awesome! I also got to see Trimama at the prerace dinner and we did start together, but separated right away. She is going to do great at AZ IM in a few weeks. Can't wait to follow you and Merilee!!!
Yea!!! Boston! After 29 marathons, I am finally qualified!!!