I don't have much to show for it. No cool Tshirt, no finisher medal, no cheap water bottle or hat with a sassy logo. Not even a race number. There are no action photos that will arrive in my email to show off my crappy form. I can't tell you about how hard the course was - and it was - it would be too difficult to explain. My training plan and lessons learned along the way probably aren't that interesting.
So, you will just have to trust me on this one. This is a super big moment! As of Friday night, I set a new PR. I finished teaching my first college course - it was hilly at times, unexpected turns throughout, and relatively unmarked. There were many hours without fluids or the right nutrition. I made it through with Diet Cokes and granola bars.
There were no chips or fancy timing equipment, but I think I found 100 hours that I didn't know I had. I coordinated schedules that I didn't think could be aligned. And, I taught. I think they may have learned something - if nothing else, a few of my personal quirks. But I did it! I said I would try it, and I tried it!
I celebrated with a long(er than normal) slow run listening to music that I haven't been able to listen to and afterwards had a really cold beer (with just a touch of salt). Ahh...the finish line is a sweet place to be.
Now, I am going to bed for the next 3 weeks. (Or, at least for a good 7 hours of sleep).