It was right after mile nine, right after I started into untrained for territory, when a car beeped behind me.
It was weird, because I’ve never had to compete with cars on a race course before, but it was my first race in Macedonia. I yielded as quickly as my sluggish legs allowed, and realized it was a lead car filming the race.
How cool, right? Determined not to look like I was dying in the heat, I put on a cheesy grin and waved. Hi, mom!
And then Kiriu Kiprotich breezed by me like the graceful, speedy lovechild of a gazelle and a cheetah. (Spoiler: That camera wasn’t for me and my sweaty grin.) He later won the men’s full marathon in 2:12:36. Faster than I finished the half.
BUT, cross it off the bucket list because the Skopje half marathon is complete!