I've decided to forgo the relating of the story of the marathon. It went; it certainly wasn't what I expected or was hoping for, but in the end, I have this to show for it:
AND, if that weren't cool enough, several times throughout the race, I was treated to this sight:
Yeah, that's right, not only did my family manage to make it to three different spots along the course, they were all sporting adorable "Go Chrisie Go" T-Shirts, it was pretty much the coolest thing ever.
So now it's on to the next thing, whatever that may be.