The race pics are in, and though there are no pics of me touching my fingers together in the midst of my out-of-body experience, there is still plenty to laugh at! So, for your Friday amusement, I now present my last half marathon summed up in three short pics…
First, HH…running strong at the end of Mile 9 (the wheels on the bus were still going round and round at that point, he said, but fell off shortly thereafter)–
I would give anything for his skinny thighs and ass…it’s not easy being married to a man whose butt is smaller than yours. These are my problems. Feel for me, people, feel for me.
And here I was, a few minutes earlier at the same spot…half delirious, but somehow rocking an 8:55 mile (not great, but acceptable given my state.) Hey, Mr./Ms. Photographer, where were you at Mile 4 when I pulled that 8:10 mile out of my ass? My stride would have photographed beautifully!
And now I would like to demonstrate the power of two photos, taken just a second apart, to demonstrate both the agony of defeat and how a slightly different angle and snapshot in time can look so different.
Photo 1: I appear to be moving, which is good considering that I was in the middle of a damn race. My eyes are closed in an expression that is part what-the-hell-am-I doing, part I-am-headed-to-the-medical-tent-can-anyone-give-me-a-ride, part I’ll-be-damned-if-I’m-not-going-to-finish. I am moving the fingers on my left hand, because I had lost sensation in them. Was I trying to snap? Who the hell knows? At least I don’t look that fat…I look like me when I look in the mirror. This is what I see in myself…and I’m okay with it…
Photo 2: NOT OKAY! I have highlighted the areas of my discontent. HH and I laughed for at least ten minutes over this photo last night, but secretly I am just glad that I have a well-worn sense of humor and can laugh at myself; otherwise, I might cry. Who is this dumpy speed walker and what is she doing with my race bib on?
I hope this pic gave your your laugh for the day…it is certainly giving me motivation for next weekend’s redemptive half marathon! Happy running, readers!