Mike and I made our way to Memphis Friday afternoon and I quickly fell in love with P&E's new house. We were without our J and A (from team J.A.K.E. of last year) due to a horrible virus keeping J from traveling and something about getting married this year and being out of vacation days for A ;).
We took a few photos and met up with our Louisiana friends who were there to run their FIRST half marathon!
|high quality borrowed race photos|
Patrick did a great job of spectating/cheering/and photo-taking. High-fives from friends are so uplifting during long runs.
I was finally catching back up to E as we exited the park somewhere between mile 9 and 10. I was literally about to reach out and grab her when she slowed to walk. I yelled "I don't think so" at her and did my best job to be encouraging and convince her she was going to crush her goal if she just held on. The race photographers must have been all around us at this point as they captured quite a few serious friendship photos that make me smile.
|forcing shot blocks and water|
The last three miles went quickly in spite of my slower pace. It helped that I knew to expect the long, straight stretch of rolling hills this time around. I entered the stadium this time determined to not fall apart on the silly gravel track. I gave it all I had and crossed the finish line in 1:57:47.
|"sprinting" on gravel|
We rested on the grass with our shiny new medals and lots of water for a bit before posing for some photos and heading through the food lines to find Patrick at the finishers area.
|memphis has LOTS of Elvis lookalikes|
Once again, St. Jude put on an awesome race. I absolutely love everything about this event. This is my favorite 13.1 and I hope to be able to return again!