I love seeing the athlete in me; seeing myself look so strong. The culmination of all my effort.
It amazes me.
Here's the classic power walking posture I'm talking about:
One of the photographers managed to catch this series of photos at about Mile 11.0 which I have dubbed "Get outta my way, bitch". I think I just barely missed elbowing her as I pushed passed.... (You can click on it to see it bigger if you want.)
Here's a pic of me just after entering the stadium with the finish line in clear view. This is where I'm chanting "Just go. Just go. Just go. Just go. Just go. Just go." I love the picture because of my posture. Clearly I have turned it on and am sprinting to the finish line. I'm not shuffling or power walking. I'm fucking running!
And, finally.... I happily cross that line.