This guy was walking with the Wounded Warrior Project flag - he carried it the entire time!
I was honestly amazed by how many elderly veterans were walking! I kept pace with two people pretty much the entire time - this gentleman, and the lady with the cute dog (who stopped to pee on everything!)
|Mile 2 - Ahead of my Gator Gallop pace!|
|Wounded Warrior Flag Bearer|
I made great time and ended up crossing the line with a chip time of 48:53. Gah, I really wanted to beat my Susie's Run time (48:47) but I was over by SIX SECONDS!!! So bummed about that!
|Pics or it didn't happen!|
I continued to walk around the post-race area, which was also the pre-race area, so nothing was new, but I spotted a tent - I FOUND JEFF GALLOWAY!!!!!! I felt like a stalker, just staring at him. I gathered my courage (why was I nervous?) and went over to talk to him. I was still out of breath, but I told him how I'm using his run/walk/run method to train for the Princess and asked so shyly if I could get a photo with him. I gave my iPod to another person in the tent and he took our photo - this is the best one (the other 5 have his thumb over the lens!)
|OH MY GOD! JEFF GALLOWAY IS TOUCHING ME!|
I continued to hang around - I like to watch the awards because the winners bust their asses and deserve some applause for that.
|The crowd waiting for awards|
Jeff got up to give a little speech and then the awards were given out. If I recall, the winning overall time was like 15 minutes? What the hell! I can't imagine going that fast...