The office I work at has been a sponsor of London's Run for the past couple years.
This year they were given a few complimentary entries and were kind enough to get me registered for the half marathon.
This is Dr. Garn:
He had told me that I could have one of the free entries "On one condition.... you let me beat you."
We stuck together for the first half of the race, but as soon as I saw a girl come up on our tail, I had to go faster.
I was first female at that point and wanted to keep that spot if at all possible.
Dr. Garn had said, "If she gets any closer, I'll fall and trip her."
I took that as permission to let me beat him.
I put some good distance between this miss and myself.
It was only a few miles later that the course took us on a u-turn where I noticed a different girl I hadn't seen before. I picked up my speed again.
After crossing the finish line in FIRST PLACE FOR THE WOMEN(!), I said "Hi" to my boys who had come to support me....
...then quickly found the girl I had seen at the u-turn. She had finished a hundred yards behind me but both our watches said the exact. same. time.
We had to wait for the chip timing results to know for sure.
I barely beat her.
By 4 seconds.
My official time was: