Ah, yes, the different stages of running a long distance race. When I ran the Baltimore Marathon in 2005, I remember feeling pretty good about it in the first few miles of that crazy adventure. Then, around the halfway point, I thought I was going to die. But then I powered through and felt like I was going to die at mile 20. The last clear memory I have of that race is somewhere about mile 25, when someone yelled at me that I should party like it was 1999. You see, 1999 was my bib number.
After that, I don’t remember much until I woke up in the medical tent and I was taken to an emergency room for rehydration. I had finished, apparently. They gave me a medal. I have a finishing time. But I don’t remember it much.
That’s why I find this video hilarious. If you’re a runner who’s run a marathon (or even a half marathon), you’ll appreciate this: