I arrived at the Museum of Science and Technology shortly before 4:30 and parked my car outside the closed parking structure.
They opened up the garage and I parked and walked up to the entrance of the museum where yellow school buses were lined up.
When we got to the South Shore Cultural Center, we waited for Jill, a friend of one of the runners from Miles For Smiles, a team dedicated to raising money for the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics (FAST), to get my bib and race packet.
Jill and Moses went off for warm-up runs while I walked around the cultural center.
As I was heading for the last corral of the alphabet, O, I ran into Moses. I wished him luck and told him I hoped the Finish Line would still be there when I got back. He said he hoped to win.
My strategy to deal with the heat and humidity was to go with 5:1 run/walk intervals, listen to my body, hydrate as much as possible, and take Succeed! S Caps electrolyte capsules.
I stopped each mile at the well stocked aid stations. I gulped blue sports drink and poured water over my head.
The stretches without shade were almost unbearable but every now and then a welcome breeze would blow through.
By the time I reached Mile 6, the flag had been elevated to Red and the clock had been disabled.
Including walk breaks, I was averaging a 14:30 minute mile so I knew I was well under the 16 minute cut-off.
The Mile 7 marker had a Black Flag. I continued running.
When I was at 7.47 miles, we were stopped in our tracks by race volunteers. They let us know due to the heat, the race was Black Flagged and officially closed.
It wasn't until we were on the bus that we heard news of a runner dying. Humbled, we stopped complaining about not being able to finish the race ourselves.
I saw Moses and I asked him how he did. He told me he won and I high fived him. I asked him how Jill did and he said she placed fourth.
I explained how I only went 7.47 miles before the race was closed and told him how a runner had died.
I asked him if he got to break the ribbon since he came in first and he said yes. I told him I thought that was the coolest thing ever.
Even though I didn't get to finish my race, I was so proud of Jill and Moses for their outstanding performances!