It’s only missing ‘smile if you need a spanking’ guy …

My friend Scott, who ran Thunder Road Marathon with me, sent me this video. (Update: It was also in the email sent by Thunder Road, so if you ran the race, you’ve seen it.) I’ve watched it 3 times already and with tears in my eyes the whole time. I want to share it with you so you can see all the greatness of that day – the atmosphere, the crazy NASCAR start line, the crowd support – look at the bands, the clown, the mascots, the signs, the cheers …

I thought at the end of the marathon I’d be so happy that it was over. I would have checked off a box that hadn’t been checked. That the race itself would be terrible and painful and horrible – but at the end I’d just be glad it was over. That couldn’t be further from the truth – I just want to be back out on that race course, running and experiencing it and seeing the crowds and the smiles and the signs … I can’t wait to do another one. I can’t wait.

And ok, for one more round of bragging rights, I just have to show this off (and then I’m done – I promise!):

Finisher's certificate