Me: Yes, at the NYC half, I crossed the start line 23 minutes after the official start.
Her (incredulously): Really?
Me: Yes, the back of the pack is pretty anticlimactic. We have to walk further to our start and then we just stand around for a pretty long time.
Her (even more incredulously): No kidding? Can you hear the start gun?
Me: There's a start gun?
But, really, it's typically more like a party at the back of the pack where everyone is busy patting each other on the back and talking about how long till we get to the beer. Well, at least until we start hacking, coughing, limping and walking. But, I think I even convinced her to give it a try.
So, as I "raced' the Pittsburgh half today, I thought I'd document what it's like to be at the back of the pack. Here's my story in pictures.
Time: 7:01 Here I am on top of the steps taking a picture of half of Corral E. Yes, the race started at 7:00 a.m. and I was safely ensconced in a porta john (a flushing one, no less) at that time. But, then I had a few seconds to run up some steps to snap this one.
9:33--Loved this guy. His signs were two-sided, so you'll have to read my next post about all the support for Boston along the route. I do think he thought I was a little crazy to stop and take his photo, but he was happy to do so!
Sometime during the race: My hubby got this photo of me--the only one to show I was in the race, not just taking photos! (As a side note, the Pittsburgh marathon had a bike path they promoted, so he was able to ride and catch me at several spots. Unfortunately, the runner tracking system said I started 20 minutes after I actually did, so he needed to play catch up. Good thing I was taking a lot of photos so I could get his texts that said, "Between 5 and 6 at children's museum just after right turn" to which I responded, "At 8." Somehow, I suspect the elites aren't texting their spouses during a race.)
Sometime later--a shower and a Church Brew Works Pious Monk Dunkel to celebrate meeting my goals--having a FUN run, taking lots of pictures while finishing at my average pace and (most importantly), not having anything escape from my body except sweat!
So, whaddya think? Not all bad to be a back of the packer. Yinz agree with me?