I finished. Sometimes that's all that can be said.
The weather was beautiful, but it didn't help with my time or my mental strength. Something I learned though is that it doesn't make one iota of difference whether or not I train for a race. In 2013, I did every single run Hal prescribed, even increased my two longest ones to 21 and 22 miles. This year I did what I could with the weather. My longest run was a terrible 16, but my finishing time was within 2 minutes of what it was last year.
I realized ahead of time that I can't make "16" with my fingers, so I carried an index card the entire way, to mark the race number at the end.
Shirt is a nice change from the gaggy chartreuse it's been the past two years. They always fit super great. Medal - meh. Same design as last year and I didn't love it then either.
Not my best or favorite race this year. Not even something I enjoyed. Immediately thereafter I announced my retirement from marathons.
The Flying Pig, however, changed everything...