I just wanted to share a few more tidbits from the marathon experience.
First, no, I didn't actually wear the medal to work. I did hang it, along with the shirt I wore (washed - Mrs Notthat was horrified that I intended to hang it as it was when I took it off; if Timmy Lincecum throws you his jersey after a game, you don't wash it, do you?) in my office window.
I am extremely fortunate that they are very loose with their workplace standards here.
Next, the race results have been posted and, all I got to say is, I wasn't last in my age group.
One odd thing was that I finished in exactly 6:30:00. The funny thing is that, as a goof, and after giving a few high fives and hand shakes while going along towards the finish line, I hesitated stepping on the timing pad at the very end. Like I was trying to intentionally get this nice round number.
This is a screen shot of my results - yes, you can go on the web and see my name associated with a genuine athletic event! Ain't America a great place or what!
I ended up in 741st* place (out of 769 finishers), 522nd among males and 58th in my age group (there were 59 of us between 50 and 54). The number in blue is my age-graded time. (For the record, there were a lot of people older than me that had better times. Some MUCH better.) My average pace was 14:52 per mile - my very optimistic goal was 15:00 per mile, so beating that was a big surprise.
And that's about it. Everybody has said such nice things (well, except Blogmaid, but then, well, she's Blogmaid) and a surprising number of people have more or less willingly stood there while I described the tension and strain and pain and iPod locating issues to them, with the stories getting just a bit more colorful each time.
And here's a surprise, even to me - I thought it would take at least a month for me to forget the negative parts of this ordeal and think that doing it again might be a good idea. I think I'm already at that point. This is kind of addictive. Outside of the tiny blister on my foot (and a HUGE thanks to Mrs Notthat for helping it mend), I'm pretty much recovered and ready to go again.
That's it - move along...
*Actually, a later version of the results has me at 742nd place. I've got the screen shot at 741st though, so that's the story I'm sticking to.