Wish I could say I ran 26.2 miles today during Charlotte's Thunder Road Marathon, but I didn't. Instead I ran 2.5 miles of it and helped my friend Christie finish strong!
The course takes runners all over Charlotte ... even right down the street I live on. So after Christie hit mile 23, she cruised onto my street and I jumped in to help motivate her towards the finish. She was lucky to have our friend Nicole jump in at mile 10 and casually do a 16 mile run today (training towards her first marathon in January) with her.
I was helping her stay competitive ... as competitive as you could be after running for over 4 hours and feeling nauseous. She managed to keep her pace around 10 minute/miles and finished strong in around 4:40 hours (might be less results aren't posted yet). She even passed a few people during the last 0.2 miles!
After running 2.5 miles with Christie and Nicole it was time to head home. Glad I knocked out 5 miles today and am so lucky to have seen a friend accomplish such a big goal. Being around all of those marathoners kind of made me want to run a marathon one day ...
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