|Convair F-106 "Delta Dart"|
|Thunderbirds General Dynamics F-16A "Fighting Falcon"|
We headed back to the car with our t-shirts and race bibs before lining up at the start. As I waited for the race to start, up walks my buddy, Dave Rehm. Dave and I ran the Peachtree City Classic in October. He beat me! Luck was on my side today though, Dave had just completed the Goofy Challenge last weekend and is scheduled to have knee surgery on Tuesday. He should be tired and hurt! Dave paced me for the first 10 miles then, in my naive exuberance, I decided to pull ahead. I next saw Dave at the 13.1-mile turn-around in his own Matsuki Terada moment. You may have seen earlier this month when Terada while leading the Tokyo-Hakone Relay Marathon took a wrong turn 200-meters before the finish. Dave's moment occurred just before the turn-around when he went straight instead of turning left toward the museum. He quickly recovered though and was back in the race.
Time for a second lap. The marathon course is 2 laps around the base. I settled into my run as pain from various parts of my body started to make itself known. My back hurt, my thighs hurt, my knees hurt, my calves hurt, my feet hurt... On Friday I bought a pair of Sugoi Compression socks and Sugoi tights at my local bike shop. My on-line order for a pair of 2XU Compression Socks had been cancelled by the retailer. I coated the toe box and heel area inside my new Sugoi socks with BodyGlide but I got blisters anyway. My shoes may have been too loose. I don't think I'll race wearing compression socks again.
My buddy Chip says that a marathon is 2 races, the first 20-miles and the last 6. I now know what he was talking about. I dreamt of a 3:15:00 finish, had hoped for a 3:20:00 finish, thought a 3:30:00 finish would be good enough, and ultimately finished 4th in my age-group with a 3:31:57 chip time. Dave is in the same age group and he came in 5th. I beat him by 1:23. Jim was the only one of us to leave with a trophy. He took 2nd in his age group.
|(l-r) Jim, me, and Dave|
|2011 Museum of Aviation Marathon Finishers Medal|
|2011 Museum of Aviation Marathon T-Shirt Artwork|
|Lockheed C-141C "Starlifter"|
Now, how am I supposed to get these Band-Aids off of my nipple without causing any further pain? I think I wait a few days and maybe they'll just fall off!