First off ... thank you all so very much for your comments yesterday, they really do mean a lot and helped cheer me up! I probably shouldn't whine. I probably shouldn't vent. I probably shouldn't be so hard on myself. And I definitely need to ignore the mean minority! I'll work on it, I promise!! I've gotta get some tough skin - I've heard this more than once.
I'm hoping more photos will come through eventually because I swear there was a dead on shot at the finish area. I'm hoping anyway. But of the few I did get I have a hysterical shot of me around the10 mile mark when I was rapidly crashing, no longer sweating and starting to get chills. If you ever needed visual proof of my late-in-the-race crashes ... here it is.... I mean it is so bad I probably shouldn't share it. I look like I'm giving some death glare at some poor soul .... AND for the record - I'm going to buy my photos for this race but like I said before, I'm just hoping a couple more are added from the finish line first. So once I am confident they are done uploading, I will buy and no longer have that logo across the front. Anyway - enough procrastination ... here is a shot of yours truly not even having enough oomph to fake a smile!
However - let's fast forward 3 miles .... when I just got my final wind thanks to a very supportive spectator that witnessed a sight probably much worse than the one above ... he got me going again and once I came through the gates to Hayward Field and saw Pre's track and the finish line, well ....
That's right! I was freaking ecstatic!! That PR and sub-2:30 was mine with 5 minutes to spare on the BIG "A" goal! I shall keep this photo handy next time I start to get down on myself!