I did it!
I ran all 7 miles of the Bix. I had to stop to pee so my time was under 72 minutes instead of the 70 I was hoping for, but I am just so happy that I finished. So many did not. We were under yellow flag running conditions which means moderate (risky conditions; proceed with caution).
I raced with 15,000 other people. Definitely the largest race I ever want to run. There wasn't much room to move around. But now I can say I ran a race with Joan Benoit Samuelson. She is pretty amazing (1984 gold metal Olympic Marathoner.)
Can you see me in this photo?
I cropped it and zoomed in on me.
I'm running down Brady Street hill with about a 1/2 mile to go.
It was hot and I am a bit sunburned but feeling pretty good. Just a bit tired.
This is Andrew Bridgewater (my sister's friend from college) and me. He ran the race 20 minutes faster that me, but in this photo I am winning!!!
My next race is the 1/2 Marathon in Nashville on September 24th. I will have to run 6 miles farther than I did today.