Along the route, I was offered a plethora of Gatorade/goo/gummy fish & oranges. I was encouraged to tap a piece of poster board for more power (it worked), AND I wore blue to remember my fallen classmates in case I ever felt sore or tired along the way. I texted family and friends as I walked up the hills, and it was wonderful to receive their encouragement during the race. I was on cloud nine until I hit mile 11.5. Thankfully that was where they handed out the oranges, and my college roomy already prepared me for weird body experiences at this mile marker. I reminded myself I was wearing blue, I took a pic to document it, and moved out. A couple miles later I saw The Finish SWINE!