Had a great carpooling companion in my training buddy Dave who ran the full marathon. Our friend Janice got 3rd woman 50-54 in the half. It's a well-run race. I'll probably do it again. Cherry blossoms were at their loveliest peak bloom. And hurrah! I got to see my great faves Jeanne (who kicked my butt) and Holly (thanks so much for coming out)!!!
Those are the best parts.
Bad parts included, but are not limited to:
* 3:15 AM wakeup
* Starting the day on very sore legs from way too much weightlifting a couple days ago
* Coughing for two weeks with what I thought was allergies but what I now think is bronchitis (I suppose you're going to tell me that I'm not *supposed* to cough up blood after a race, aren't you?)
* My generalized bad attitude (see 1, 2, and 3 above)
* Slowest finish time in the last ~2 years (2:40). (Then again, my Garmin measured 13.94 miles instead of something closer to 13.1 - but it may have done screwy things in all those underpasses when it lost the satellite signal. I wasn't looking at it very much today.).
That is all.
Oh, not all, really: Here is a screen grab of the official half marathon course elevation chart, and the version from my Garmin which included 4 or 5 underpasses which don't show up on an automatically-generated chart:
The course map, starting and ending at RFK Stadium in the southeast corner: