"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start." ~John Bingham
The second half, I ran with my Dad.
My race immediately followed a 12-hour graveyard shift, so I knew I wasn't probably going to hit my time goal. And I was fully six minutes slower than I had hoped to be. But overall I feel like this race was definitely a success for me. First of all, I walked significantly less than I did last year. Second, I finished strong; my last mile was faster than my first by almost a full minute. Third, I now have my race where I overcame obstacles and succeeded.
And, fourth... the turnout was smaller than last year so I got FIRST PLACE (out of one) for my age division. A medal and a beer glass, now THAT'S success!