Completed marathon #7 of the 12in12in12 in San Francisco this weekend, and it was memorable. I must say, I knew going into this challenge, that it would be an experience, but honestly I wasn't really sure what to expect. And a lot has happened so far, including arriving in Myrtle Beach 4 hours before the marathon after driving all night, and running in jeans for two of the marathons. But this weekend may have topped it all for one reason: DEAN!
For a while now I have followed the ultrarunning adventures of Dean Karnazes, and to say he is amazing, just is the understatement of the millennium! I can't list all of his accomplishments, they are things you wouldn't even believe. And his story about how he became the ultimate ultrarunner is incredible. You have to read about him for yourself, here's his website: http://www.ultramarathonman.com/web/ He's got two great books, Ultra Marathon Man and Run! that tell his story, and will inspire you to do something incredible yourself. Honestly, they are incredibly motivating.
So, back to San Francisco. Craig and I are running around mile 3 and guess who runs by us? You guessed it, DEAN! I lost it. I yelled "Dean" and he kind of startled him. Then I ran up next to him and got a chance to talk to him. I am not sure how to describe it, but it was AWESOME! We talked about, well, him of course and the Badwater race he had recently completed and about his books. Up to that point, I think he hadn't really been noticed by anyone, he was just blending in with the marathoners, even though he was really just out for a training run, probably one of his 2 four hour training runs that he does each day. Someone else came up and introduced themself to Dean so I thanked him for chatting and then left him alone. I tried to take a couple pictures together but they didn't come out very good because we were moving, but here they are anyway.
These were two unique marathoners: one was a naked woman (really it was a naked suit she was wearing) and a guy in a dominatrix outfit, which included a collar, attached chain, and tight leather underpants. Sweet outfits, they make my jeans marathon look unbelievably tame.