I then went back to Leslie and she was still friendly as ever even though I could tell she wasn't that happy. But I knew she would PR by a LOT. Her previous best time was mid 4:20s and she was now on pace to run around 4 hours.
It was really fun to run with Nancy and gossip about dumb stuff while trying to get it out of her brain that she just ran 25 miles. Below is Nancy at the finish line. I only had my phone at that point, so the picture isn't very clear. But the finish is inside a stadium which is kinda cool. Nancy ended up finishing the marathon in 3:55. Absolutely amazing. It has been her goal for a long time to break 4 hours; her previous PR was 4:10. This was Nancy's 12th marathon and it shows that with dedication and focus, you can do anything. I am so so proud of Nancy for finishing well under her goal time. It was seriously impressive and I was so happy to be there! Nancy finished 15 minutes faster than she did in NY last year.
Also, I don't have any photos- by my old college roomie Lindsay also broke 4 hours at the Long Beach Marathon. She also went out in 1:55 and held on to finish in 3:58. So proud of you Lindsay!
I'm REALLY nervous about running my marathon alone (since I kinda hate running solo) so if there is anyone out there running NY looking to finish around 4:15 or come through the half at 2:05, please reach out to me! I don't care if we run 1 mile or 20, I would just love to run with someone!