(The shopping crew, courtesy of Wendy Garcia)
(Myself, Abbie, and Wendy enjoying the view from Skip's condo complex)
Afterwards we went back to Skip's condo and hung out until other OCTR folk arrived. Around 6 or so we all headed out to this great Italian place just walking distance from Skips and enjoyed a lovely dinner.
Jessica joined us part way through dinner, having come up not to run but, rather, to be part of the awesome cheering section on the course.
(Another Phil Photo, of me just cruising along somewhere in the lower miles of the race. Check out my awesome blue and gold outfit, complete with Cal shirt and visor!)
We crossed the halfway mark at 2:16:17, and I immediately felt a bit of a weight lift as I no longer felt like I was being pulled back by Lauren, and could finally run the pace I wanted. Had some faster miles here, which was nice. It was really enjoyable to run this middle section so well, when the same section last year featured me stopping at least every mile to stretch a painfully tight thigh muscle. I was really enjoying wearing my cal outfit and getting the "go bears" comments, to which I always responded in like and with a smile. It was a good pick me up and made me want to run just a bit faster, to respresent those bears well :D
(Phil photo to the left)
(Thanks again Phil for all the wonderful photos!!!!)
Chip time: 4:23:56