Sunday, December 15, 2013
Back home from South Carolina. Did not get to see Charleston, my son was with me and he was interested in shopping and he needed some clothing. I usually order online and have the stuff sent to the hotel. I'm not a big shopper. I prefer to see some of the culture.
The marathon was in Kiawah Island Golf Resort which is on Kiawah Island and is about 40 minutes from North Charleston. It is the 36th time they are holding it. It's a half and a full and it's a small marathon and it is run totally within the gated community. The spectators were mainly those who were supporting a participant. But it was well organized and you felt safe - you don't compete with traffic. The scenery is lovely, it's designed to preserve the wild life so there were some interesting posing from some long legged birds. You were warned to steer clear of alligators.
I admire people who run and take photos. I am always on a deadline and if I were to take photos I'd be late. I did 6 hours 55 minutes and the time limit was 7 hours. When I report I say how many were behind me - told my son there were 5 people behind this time. I was competing against the injured. When I'm asked what did you come I say 5th from the last. Or as is often the case I'll say I was the sweeper.
The temperature was pleasant and for us bringing up the rearguard - we got about 1 hour of showers. Because of the make up of the route, you passed your compatriots about 4x so we'd give each other 'see ya at the finish line' or 'thumbs up'. We then all ended up on the shuttle together. There was a swift runner who went back to bring in her friend so they both ended up on the shuttle - I didn't know swift runners were sore after the race - I thought it was only the endurance athletes.
Traveled back home today. Should have asked for wheelchair assistance - will do that the next marathon. My 'coach' said walking is good after a marathon to get rid of lactic acid and keep the muscles supple. So I guess I better run today, since I did that yesterday. On a serious note, I was running as fast as I could but somehow time was running faster. It's amazing how time flies when you're having fun.