Here is a video of all the excitement from start to finish. It was a pretty amazing event!
When we got there we actually found our friends that we ran the Ragnar with earlier this year (which is pretty amazing considering the crowd.) We dropped off our gear together and then headed over to our corral. There were over 40,000 runners so we all had to start on different streets.
Soon the race music started blaring and we all began pushing toward the start line... it took a few minutes to get there, but then we were off!
About a mile into the run I realized that I had not sufficiently emptied the ol' bladder before the race, and with all that bouncing... well, I knew I was doomed if they didn't have porta potties along the race route. Luckily they did, and after a 5 minute wait in line I was empty and ready to run again!
Anyway, there were so many runners participating in this race that we were NEVER alone on the course, which is actually pretty nice if you are a slower runner. That way its not as obvious that you've fallen behind! :)
Another nice thing about the race... Kevin was with me the whole way to cheer me on and take some pictures to prove we actually did it!
And in true Kevin fashion... he also took plenty of pictures of himself along the way. As you can see, running at half his normal pace to stick with me left him with tons of extra energy!
As we closed in on the last mile his energy finally started to rub off on me...
And soon we were hauling down Michigan Ave to finish off a beautiful, scenic run in perfect weather, on a perfect day!
Once we crossed the finish line, we were all greeted with Ghirardelli chocolates! WOOHOO!
And yummo fondue trays!
And of course, some delicious Ghirardelli Hot Chocolate!
When all was said and done, I finished in 1:50:45. Five minutes past my goal time (which means if you take off the time for my bathroom stop, I actually hit my goal!)
Of course, having not trained properly, I was absolutely WASTED when I got home. So when the girls went down for a nap, I gladly joined them!
And Kevin? Well, he was rewarded greatly for joining me for a lovely Saturday jog :)