As the race gun sounded, all of us cheered & clapped our hands. Let’s run people! OORAH! Lesson #6, Always eat breakfast before you run!
And so about 2 minutes later, I crossed the start line. I always find the start line fascinating. Everyone is clean. Some look prepared for a race at the North Pole. Others look ready to sunbathe on South Beach. Some have names of people they are running for pinned on their back. Other usual suspects include the Pink Tutu guy, Superman, the lone solider carrying the United States of America Flag, and the group of soldiers with their packs- marching in uniform & unison for each step of the 26.2 mile journey ahead, the grandpa who is running his 31st marathon, the widow who lost her husband to cancer. Lesson #7, Let the faces of the marathon inspire & encourage you.
True to military fashion, the course starts on an incline. Also known as a “hill”. In fact the first 3 miles is pretty much all uphill. Thankfully, people are lining the streets cheering your legs up them.