7 AM, trying to figure out what I'm supposed to do with these orange tags. Turns out they go on your shoe.
In a cab, freaking out because of the doom and gloom coming from the sky.
At the park. Other runners heading for the starting line. Are they faster than me? Will they notice that I'm wearing sandwich bags over my socks to try and keep my feet dry?
Everybody ready for the race to begin. At this point I'm freezing from standing around in the snow and am looking forward to running just to get warm.
I didn't stop for water here. Mostly because I was afraid that if I drank water I'd pee in my pants.
For some reason I kept finding myself behind these two guys.
Close up of the conditions - everyone was sliding around with each step. I've never prayed so hard for a stinking snow plow. It never came. Needless to say my ankles are still aching.
These dudes again. Nice pom pom.
I got a little choked up at this marker, but not so much that I couldn't snap a quick picture and send to Facebook. Priorities.
Yahoo. I took this photo after I had finished, gotten the freebie apple as well as a delicious Gatorade, then walked back around to photograph the finish line, so this does not accurately reflect my time. Just so you know.
Hobbling out of the park, shivering because I was sweaty and without a proper jacket in the middle of a snowy park, and what happens? This bozo on the bike stops me to take a picture of him in front of the Dakota. Actually he wanted me to take two. Tourists.
Sandwich bags no help whatsoever.
Not only did I consume a whole loaf of French Toast, a few hours later I had this bad boy lasagna. Yes, that is the Garfield-sized piece I ate.
Now that my legs have stopped shaking, and my hip flexors can move again, and my knees are less creaky, and my ankles are only hurting a lot instead of a whole hell of a lot, I can say that this was an awesome experience. It did occur to me that if I were running a whole marathon, I would have to turn around and run the damn thing again, a feat which for the moment seems impossible.
But never say never.