Becky and I met up at Pemberton Place about an hour before the race start. This gave us plenty of time to use the restrooms and meetup with friends before starting. I think it would be safe to say that we both were a little nervous, but after what we conquered last night, we were ready.
After the Atlanta Beltline, we heading towards Piedmont Park. This was a little interesting to say the least. For most of our one mile loop in the park, it was flooded. In some parts the water was up to our ankles. We kept reminding ourselves that we are runners and to push through - the tough runs/races are the ones that make you stronger. After existing Piedmont Park we made our way towards Georgia Tech then back to the finish line. We were greeted by even more amazing support along the way including a fabulous group of fellow runners around mile 10 from RunningNerds and a great water station at Georgia Tech.
The last mile was definitely tough. There were a lot of hills but the rain had just started to let up some. After almost 29 miles in the past 26 hours, we knew we were going to do it! It was a little surreal coming up to mile 13 because we had been planning this for so long and we were about to do it! As we made the final turn, we heard our dear friend Jarian. While Jarian was hired for DJ duties, the storms prevented him from being able to set up his equipment (electricity and standing water aren't quite friends). Even though we hasn't able to DJ, he asked the race director if he could just cheer...yes, in the rain! Jarian ended up running it is in Becky and I and even sang us "Shake it Off" so we could finish in style.