I did it! I ran/walked 13.1 miles at the San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and here's the proof.
The organizers thought of everything for this race, including a download that allowed my husband to track my progress every 5K. My favorite thing was the yoga mats and rollers at the end, and of course the live concert by Gavin DeGraw.
Here I am below before the race with my newfound friend, Ann, from Northern California. She was also running for TeamQuest, representing sunny CA. The line for the shuttle bus was so long that we just walked the two miles to the starting line.
13.1 miles later, here I am at the end of the race, still vertical, with my arms full of SWAG. In between the start line and the finish line were live bands, gatorade, and lots of spectators sitting out on their lawns wishing us well (and offering Uber rides).
Something truly remarkable happened at mile marker 11 when a mom ran up beside me and asked if I was running for the dyslexia association. See my post over at the SWIDA website to read her story at southwestida.org. It really helped to remind me what all of this was for.