some reason I talked my brother into running in the 2000 San Francisco
Marathon. Actually, he was
fairly keen on the idea so little convincing was necessary.
My only goal was to complete the course without stopping and
faster than 4 hours. We each succeeded in both regards. My brother could have finished much faster than me but stuck
with me at the end when my knees began to act up.
Because I had destroyed my running shoes on a backpacking trip
the previous weekend I ran my brothers old shoes, shoes that I had never
worn before! If memory
serves, the blisters were not that bad.
smiles, for we have just re-entered the Golden Gate Park after the
terrible down and back stretch along Ocean Beach that seemed to go on
forever. We both know that
the end is very near. Top: Just
feet from the finish line, racer #2784 finishes in 3 hours and 52
minutes. I actually sprinted the last 100 yards or so, just to show my
body who was boss for making me suffer with bad knees for the last third
of the race. For the next
week I couldn’t walk properly.
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