I had never stood in such a sea. It was one of people. Athletes. Competitors. Friends. Firsts and lasts and every story in between. Thousands. All of us waiting for our turn to begin. For the first time I was one of the sea, I thought to myself, and not one with it.
I found my place, alone at the back. I nervously took in the details of the people around me. I set up my phone to do all the things I needed it to do. My run/walk timer was set. My location indicator so that Seth, Stephanie, David, Genevie, and Judy could stalk me throughout the day. I was ever so glad that they were all there and that even though the footsteps would be my own and I would be alone in my undertaking, that I had their company and support and encouragement. David and Judy had made arrangements to come all the way from New York to support me in my marathon. I could not have ever asked for better friends and coaches.