As long as I didn't think about the rain, as hard as that was, I was ok. I had a blast and felt great! Mile 8 came around and it was my second chance to see Matt and his parents. The course looped so they stayed in 1 place and I got to see them twice! They were soaking wet when I past at mile 8 but it gave me that last burst of energy that I needed to finish out the last 5 miles. The course was mostly flat with just a few hills. I rounded the park for mile 12 and felt like I could kick it in but for some reason I thought I had 1.25 miles to go not just 1.1. I didn't start to kick until almost mile 13 but then I knew I was so close that my adrenaline went into overdrive! I got chills and it was AWESOME! I crossed that finish line hands in the air and a big smile on my face. I can not wait to run another one! The pouring down rain didn't stop me like I thought it would. I crossed at 2:11:48, which averages around 10:00mile. That is WAY faster than my long training runs and blew my goal (2:15-2:20) right out of the water! I can now cross "Running a Half-Marathon" off my bucket list!