It was during mile four when I felt something light drip on my leg. I removed the thought and kept running. Then at mile six, I felt the same drip. Then a drop. Then I saw the body race past me and I thought, No. No. It couldn't have been. But yes, it could have been and it was. SWEAT.
SWEAT dripping from the other runners and on to my calve. Gross!!!
But it's Race Day. Sign up, Show up. Right? Uh, maybe.
I wasn't a fan of the heat and humidity that arrived race morning, but I was a fan of the race. Rock 'n' Roll San Antonio Marathon & Half Marathon. With more than 25,000 entrants representing 50 states and 22 countries, it made for one heck of a crowd. The streets were packed with runners, fans, and pure inspiration. Yeah, I had to deal with some nasty sweat but when I crossed the finish line it all went away. It always does. The pain, heat, and drama that was felt on the course is removed with one big, Thank you!! Thank you Big Guy!!
To my friends that raced this course Sunday, CONGRATULATIONS. We didn't just run 13.1 miles. We raced 13.1 miles of thoughts. We listened to our bodies and shifted our race day strategy to accommodate the heat. We prepared ourselves for the idea that maybe we wouldn't get a P.R, but we WOULD get to the finish line. And that's what matters. Sign up, show up. And we did.
And to my old friend, Rick.......YOU DID IT!! 2:07:53. Holla!!! There is a picture in this video that caught you looking at the starting line. If you don't look careful enough you won't see. But you are there, standing as a champion. Long before you would even cross the starting line. Always remember this Sunday. Your first half marathon. I am so happy that you were part of the Elumandme crew and I can't wait for your other half to join us in March!
See it. Believe it. Do it. Happy Running!!