This was one of the most challenging things I've ever done. Normally, I wouldn't pat myself on the back for 9th place, but in this instance... I totally will. I'm not a traditional runner -- I'm a weight lifter. Honestly, I'm not someone who loves running. Even when I was running a lot more, it never really gave me that joy. This event has changed that. I found such pride and joy in running for my team, for charity, for my fandom, for myself.
It goes to show, also, that you should never underestimate what your body is capable of accomplishing.