Story #1: "Hey Fort Wayne, get moving!" -
Story #3 (sorry no photo) "Cheese Head Motivation" -
At mile 8 (or so), I was still on the phone with "C" and was integrating into a new group of people. We all know how annoying it is to have a fellow racer on the phone and although I was this annoying person, I tried to play it off and hung up from "C" and said aloud to the group around me, "Sorry to have been on the phone, but I had to call my running coach and tell he I was kicking butt in Chicago. She said to tell you all HI and good luck." Everyone seemed to forgive me and a man with a cheese head hat immediately said, "Come on Princess move those feet!" He'd yell out things like "Pick it up Princess." He was fun and nice and super encouraging. He was an avid runner who was trotting along with 2 women perhaps as their coach or pacer or something of the sort. He was a lot of fun. I lost him during the crazy mile 9 water station. Wish I would have had a finish line photo of him, but even so, it still makes for a fun race memory!