It was the largest crowd so far, about 16000 people came to run!
It really didn't seem to be that bad exercise-wise, and we got to walk about downtown San Jose and look at all the interesting homes. A lot of people were outside their homes cheering the runners on, so that was pretty cool. Some people were actually playing live music. One family was doing some jazz, and another guy was playing his electric guitar while his mom recorded everything with her iPad.
Apparently everyone who finishes gets a medal! I wasn't expecting that. I thought only the half marathon people got one. My first medal! Woot.
I was also not expecting so much stuff after the race! People just kept handing me free stuff. Should have brought a bag of some kind! Most of it was pretty yummy...
EXCEPT FOR THAT NASTY POWER BAR.
UGH NEVER AGAIN. My husband laughed at me because of course I had never eaten one before, I'm not an athlete! He said his dad use to buy him the peanut butter ones when he was in basketball and thought those were okay. I had a vanilla one. It had the taste and texture of clay but if I was given a choice of eating clay or the bar, I would eat the clay.
We also got free beer! Nancy says that classy people drink beer after marathons. This is my classy face:
She went to find a bag for our stuff and came back not with a bag, BUT MORE STUFF. Fail Nancy, fail.
So the next day... SO SORE. I did absolutely nothing to prepare and my body was letting me know! The two winners of the half marathon did it with an average of five minutes per mile for TWELVE MILES. Holy cow that is impressive! My friend and I averaged about 16 minutes per mile, which is a good pace I think for power walking.
I had a lot of fun though, and I think I would do it again. Just more prep!