I almost won the half marathon Sunday during the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.
I was only 7,360 places short of first.
My speed was blinding.
Sunday morning was 45 degrees, rainy and somewhere between horrible and miserable. My feet squished along for 13.1 miles. After the first block, sidestepping puddles was pointless.
I was jealous of everyone who remembered to wear trash bags as make
Moisture-wicking clothing can only wick so much moisture.
Normally I don't mind being the slowest runner out there, but I didn't want to spend any extra minutes outdoors Sunday.
I still had 9 miles to go when the fastest woman, Stillwater resident McKale Davis, crossed the finish line to win the half marathon. I still had 5 miles to go when the average half-marathon runner finished.
I felt embarrassed by how far back I was. I was behind people who
My husband snapped a few photos of me on my trek.
My favorite is one that shows me getting passed by a walker wearing hiking boots. Hiking boots.
I tried to remind myself that I trained to finish — not to beat any specific person. It still felt embarrassing to be passed by literally thousands of people.
As I rounded the corner onto Broadway Avenue, I saw the finish line. I kicked it into high gear, which was exactly the same speed as low gear. I spotted my husband, soaking wet from standing in the rain.
I saw friends who waited more than an hour for me after they finished running.
I crossed the finish line and let the rain disguise my tears. A volunteer draped a cold, wet medal around my neck. I was done. It was over. I made it. I ran 13.1 miles without walking. I ran my first half marathon.
I came in 7,361st place. But to me, it felt pretty close to first.
BY THE NUMBERS
Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon
Nearly 25,000 people registered for one of the events during the 11th annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. Here's how the numbers break down:
(Note: Results were not tracked for the 5k and kids run.)