My hope was to see Meb and Kara race to the finish, unfortunately, neither of them won, but Kara did come in third! And while Meb didn't place in the top 5, Galen Rupp, a 24-year old American, running his 2nd career road race and first ever half marathon came in third for the men! Not a bad showing for the Americans!
I got to the finish pretty early and found a great spot on a pedestrian bridge right past the finish line! It was really cold, but definitely worth the wait!
|The view from my perch. Waiting for the runners!|
|Mo Farah of Great Britain wins in 1:00:23|
with Gebre Gebremaria right on his heels (1:00:25)
|American Galen Rupp finished 7 seconds after the winner - 1:00:30|
|The top men were all smiles!|
|While Meb finished in 15th place, it was still an incredible 1:02:52!|
The men's race was incredibly tight!
|Caroline Rotich of Kenya won the women's race in a quick 1:08:52|
|The women put out a great race with Edna Kipligat coming in second, finishing in 1:09:00 and|
Kara Goucher (above) crossing three seconds later.
|Goucher celebrates with her husband and 6 month old son!|
It was really a cool thing to watch the finish from above. A big crowd had gathered by the time the men were a mile away, so there was a fun, excited vibe going on. Not long after watching the women finish I gave up my spot to a a woman who were there to watch for her friend; it was more important for her to get that great view than me! I was thoroughly charged up by the experience. I stopped by Whole Foods to do a little shopping and loved seeing all the runners in the neighborhood as I walked home. I'm totally pumped and can't wait for my first 'big' race on May 1st.
- Do you like watching races as much as you like running in them?
- Do you follow elite runners?
Saturday's workout -
5 mile run
leg strengthening exercises
lots of stretching
Sunday's workout -
walk to/from race finish (approx 2 miles)
Today's workout -
4 mile run
3x10 lateral arm raise
2x10 side squats
forward, side & back kicks with resistance band