Ugh...'bout the only thing I have to say about this race.
I knew my training had been seriously lacking in the speed, distance, and consistency catagories..So, I was pretty sure my only goal going into this would be to try and break 4 hrs. Nursing two ITBS injuries didn't bring much to the table either... Ok - now that I set up some positive race mojo here's the breakdown (literaly)..haha.
Got to the start after a nauseous filled bus ride with HD G'doc and Jamie. I knew I was going to be in trouble when we stepped off the bus and the first thing I hear is -- "it's the warmest start temp ever - in 34 years".. seriously...ugh.
Stomach never quite settled down and with the lines a mile long for the Porto's.. I slunked off into the dark..
The race started and I knew I was in for it! Ran the first 1-1.5 miles with Jamie and then tried to get into a rythem, but I was already sweating like a hog before christmas. I bounced around between 8:15 - 9:30's for the first half, but never really found the groove I was hoping to. I had to hit a porto at mile 13 and never quite recovered from this point. Saw G' pass me about here too - he stalked off up the road with his new Kinvara red soles klip klop klip klop He got a PR - sweet...
As I started to feel the heat bearing down on me I started drinking way to much "warm" water and gatorade at the aid's because I knew I was starting to dehydrate. When I hit mile 25 and saw that I was around 3:57-8 I knew I wasn't going to keep the under 4 hr streak alive, so I pretty much walked the last mile. Almost 30 minutes slower than last year!!!! How weak is that..
Anyways - always a good time, but definitely paid for not prepping right!!! After the race I gave back all the gaterade I had drank along the way - sorry peeps...it took me about 3-4hrs to start to feel normal again from the dehydration...
The breakdown 'o doom: 8:56, 8:53, 8:32, 8:28, 8:17, 8:30, 8:04, 9:28 (Vejo), 9:03, 8:53, 8:57, 8:57, 8:23, 10:52 (port'o doom), 8:16, 8:47, 8:26, 9:50 (Wheels fallin off), 11:07, 11:01, 8:52, 11:23, 11:01 (talking to myself at this point), 8:54 (couldn't walk to many people..haha), 10:14, 12:34 (afraid and alone...), not sure last two didn't stop the watch..