All legit distance running fans knows that Joan Benoit is the 1984 Olympic Marathon gold medalist. I had the privilege of running with her in the Gasparilla Half Marathon from mile 5 to about mile 11. She was very nice and had the stamina to carry a conversation while running much better than me. At mile 11, she speed up and finished in 1:29:16. I struggled to finish in 1:30:11.
This race hurt, but I needed to build fitness for my summer backpacking.