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Our team finished yesterday’s Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in 4:23:36; we finished 23rd of 123 teams in our division, and 268th overall (out of 746 teams). I ran my 10K in 1:04:59, which was a little slower than I was hoping for, but considering that it rained every single step of my 6.2 miles, I’ll take it.
The weather was terrible — cold and rainy. The start was delayed by 30 minutes because of lightning on the course, and the rain was pretty constant through the entire morning. By the time I started my leg of the relay, the temperature had dropped into the low 40s; moments after we crossed the finish line, it started to hail. No joke. It was crazy.
I waited about 30 minutes at the relay hand-off station, which was honestly a lot of fun; I hung out on Grand and watched the runners and listened to a little AC/DC on my iPhone (Wade is very happy about that). I loved that the men’s exchanges were all business — pass the timing bracelet, maybe a fist bump or high five — while the women hugged and kissed and asked about each other’s runs.
My hands were numb by the time Caroline ran in with our bracelet; as soon as I stared running, it started to pour. Classen was just one gigantic puddle — my shoes are still soaked today — but at least it wasn’t hot. I hate running when it’s hot. Truly.
I feel good today — no aches or pains, although I still cannot get warm (stupid Oklahoma spring weather — it was just in the 90s, like last week!). My secret goal was to run the 10K in under an hour, but my real goal was just to finish, and not to die — and to have fun. I totally did that.
Now I’ll work on that sub-60-minute 10K.