Picking up from last time –
I didn’t see him until it was basically time to start the race. It was as though he just appeared on a little stage by the start line. (It was barely raised above us. So I tooootally could’ve gone over and asked for a hug or something.)
But I’m an idiot.
Security was around him. No one seemed to be trying to talk to him (which really surprised me, but I was like “um, is that the fool respectful thing to do right now – leave him alone? He’s here at a public function. Isn’t this the kind of place I could ask him for a picture? Why is no one fan girling? :-p)
My best guess was since the race was starting soon, no one wanted to bother him in crunch time (and neither did I).
I almost just hung back and waited for all the runners to start. Then I would try to meet Lance and start late.
But I didn’t see anyone else who looked like they were doing that.
And I didn’t want Lance to be like “what are you doing? Get out there!”
Of course, he seems like a nice enough guy. So I don’t know why in the world I was worried about that.
Also, this fell on the weekend I was allowed to work out again after 9 days of basically no activity (for this kidney test I was taking).
I knew I was gonna be slow and struggle. Usually I’d be all “I can start late and run to catch up.” And today I was thinking, “I need to start with everyone and work my butt of just to keep up.”
So I ran right by him – right by him(!) as I started. I was so close to him, I could hear him saying thanks to the person next to him… But I didn’t stop to ask for a picture!!!
And this is where I’ll pick up next time.