Anyway, since I was the last walker, I got a police escort at first, then an escort of the people picking up the cones and clearing the race-track. By the time I got to the 2nd and 3rd way-points the volunteers and race-markers had been packed up and had moved on, so I was glad I knew the route from looking at the map (it consisted of the outer path for part of the way, and the inner path for part of the way, so it wasn't necessarily clear). When I reached the finish line I had been making my way through people leaving for at least 20 minutes, and I arrived just as the kid's dash was starting, so I had to leave the track and dodge the kids and try to figure out where to cross the finish line without getting in the way... which was, as I messaged, somewhat anticlimactic. That's fine, I would have hated it even more if they had held things until I finished, but I did spend the majority of the course (after passing the first way-point and learning I was the "last one" they were waiting for) feeling like I was just causing trouble and being a pain for the people who wanted to tidy up and go home. The two women at the Wallingford and Green Lake Dr. intersection were a notable exception, they were very encouraging, but they were also the last race volunteers I interacted with. ::shrug:: But. I dodged kids, I didn't turn off the course and quit at my home intersection, and I finished the damn thing in 1:11:42, last but not least. (Hah. I stamp my little foot.)
Good things: I saw the first red-winged blackbird of the season (I'd been looking, and listening, and figuring they were just wintering and quiet, but I was delighted to see and hear them yesterday for the first time since moving to the neighborhood in October). Ted came to meet me at the finish - we connected on the trail home after I'd finished rather than at the finish line, but it really picked up my somewhat dampened spirits. We saw a hummingbird on our way home, hanging out in one of the bushes at the apartment complex. We stopped for coffee at Bottega Italiana, which is always good. I accomplished my two goals for the event, to show up to the race and to complete the course.
Later, after shower and restorative nap, I met friends for dinner at Boom Noodle and the 9pm showing of The Taqwacores at the Northwest Film Forum, and some great conversation.
A long day, but at the summing up, a good one.