INAUGURAL AIA MARATHON, FORT LAUDERDALE, FEBRUARY 19, 20063>
Walking to the Marathon Start
These women were so happy to be running
6:30 a.m. The Start
The 17th Street Causeway
Good Morning Sunshine
John Fickers and his group
I spotted these two lovers holding hands a couple miles after the turnaround. I asked to take their picture and this is the pose they struck. True Love!
These two enthusiastic onlookers are representative of the cheering people that dotted the route. The runners received a lot of support from residents of Fort Lauderdale, Lauderdale By The Sea, and Pompano Beach.
At this point of the run, around mile 18, I wanted very much to change places with this sunbather
At mile 22, the run turned into Birch State Park for two miles of scenic beauty. Enthusiastic volunteers were on hand with cookies (note to self: eating cookies at mile 22 is a bad idea) and water-shooters (AHHH!!).
I met Tom in the Park, right before Mile 23. This was his fifth marathon.
Tom and I were both at that place mentally where you make deals with yourself: "If I run to that bench, I can walk for a little bit."
Thank you, Tom, for pulling me through the toughest part of the run. Your support was invaluable!
Tom Finishes! Congratulations!
I met a woman named Paige after the run. I asked her for directions back to the 17th Street Causeway and the Start, and Paige pointed me in the right direction. She said she preferred to walk the two miles. For some reason, walking two miles sounded like a good idea. Though my legs were screaming the entire way back to my car, these views of the Intracoastal were a beautiful end to a long, hot day.
Thank you, Paige, for your kind friendship and fantastic advice. As you suggested, I soaked my legs in the cold pool when I arrived home, and noticed they ached less than after my first marathon. Thank You!
I would love to show you a picture of my finisher's medal, but I did not receive one. They ran out of medals before I made it to the Finish. Did I mention my finishing time was a sloooooow 5:11:58?
Rather than receiving a medal, I was presented with this handsome sheet of yellow paper congratulating me on finishing the half and/or full marathon. Paige suggested that those of us who have to wait for our medals should receive an "upgrade" like gold-plating or perhaps a Tiffany Diamond decimal point embedded in the "26.2" I like the way you think, Paige!
Why would anyone run for over five hours? I need more speed training!