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Canon S600

Capture Date/Time: October 22, 2006 7:56
Aperture/Shutter Speed: F2.8 - 1/60 sec
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO: 320
Flash: None

Well, the marathon yesterday was quite an adventure. Unlike the seven other times I have run it, I had tremendous difficulty finishing due to cramping early on. But I did finish. I'll tell you more about the experience later on.

I knew early on that this was going to be a pretty slow run, so I decided to take pictures during the race. For almost 16 miles, I carried my small point-and-shoot camera on a small rig that I engineered on the top of a pole. It allowed me to take this bird's-eye view of the crowd and also self-portraits of me being miserable. I realize looking at some of these pics now that I do not like my PS camera... it takes lousy pictures on dark days! Maybe next year I'll lug the D2X around.

Anyway, here is the view from my start corral toward the starting line. (The starting line is under the thin green banner you can see in front of the crowd). Every year, there's a feeling of excitement and dread as you look at the start, thinking "Man, I have just 26.2 miles to run and then I can just go back to sleep."

Let me give you a sense of what 40,000 people look like. Where I'm standing, approximately 80% of the entire field of runners is actually standing *behind* me. (I'll show you that tomorrow). I got lucky this year and was seeded in a preferred corral - after my performance this year I likely won't be invited back to that sweet spot! As it was, when you heard the starting horn, it took me nearly four minutes to reach the actual starting line. The people in the back of the corral likely take more than fifteen minutes to get there.


10.23.06, 10:21 AM, John:

Nice to see some shots from the runner's point of view Mike. Looking forward to the rest of them.

10.23.06, 08:24 PM, micki:

Well, my hats off to you for finishing the race AND taking photos along the way! Such an accomplishment, I can't even imagine running 26 miles!!

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