--Why did I wear such warm weather socks?
--How is she running so fast and taking off her sweatshirt at the same time?
--Should I check my Garmin and see my pace, or is it better not to look?
--When I turn, will the wind help push me up the hill?
--Did the wind switch directions?
--Can I actually see that next mile marker?
--Hmm, did I grab water or Gatorade to wash down this GU?
--That guy's running so slow. Why can't I catch him?
--Was that really mile 12?
--Is this the longest mile?
--Should I take a peek behind me to see if anyone's going to pass me?
--Is all this heavy breathing good for me?
--Why did I sign up for a race that starts and ends uphill?
--Did I just help that charity out?
--That was awesome. When can I do this again?
Ethan's Run 2011. Great neighborhood feel. Smiling crowds with happy runners. Mile markers dedicating the next mile to a child with heart defects. A community coming together. A great way to spend a Saturday in February in Arizona.
Here's some of the children we helped along the way: