After running this Half marathon in 2007 and 2008, I took 2009 off and just focused on supporting my local friends. This year, I decided to run it as I was initially planning to run it with Susan. This race was an organizational disaster. The traffic was not controlled very well. At 4 miles some idiot almost drove right into myself and a group of runners. I ran the first 7 miles in 63 minutes and I had a feeling that was too fast. I was using a 4 min run to 30 sec walk plan. Around that distance Rob came out to meet me and took some pictures. I met a guy from Chicago named Marco Lopez. He like me had just recently become a marathon maniac. We started chatting as we ran along. I was feeling pretty tired from the race the weekend before. We trudged through the course together and finished in 4:58. I felt decent at the end, but I always feel a little bad for the first 20 minutes or so after finishing. I talked with Susan off and on throughout the marathon and she was definitely feeling the challenge. When she was getting close to 24 miles, she called me and I met her out there and walked her in the last 2 miles. I was a little disappointed with some of the residents of Springfield and their lack of respect for the runners.
|Me and Marco Lopez finishing together|
|Susan's second marathon|