It was quiet in this area, but by mile 4, we were met by throngs of spectators. This stretch, from South Street into the University City area, was my favorite part of the course.
I didn’t think seeing everyone would motivate me to keep running, but I decided to forge on without walking, and the crowd got me through. I kept scanning the sea of people for Jen, knowing she’d be close to the finish line. I don’t know if I had “marathon brain” or just didn’t spot her quickly, but I caught her late, cheering for me with her big yellow sign. Moments later, I was crossing the finish line and giving a high-five to Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.With a final time of 5:06, I have a new marathon PR.