Ouch. That’s a good summary.
It was a very difficult run. There were a few hills and mostly they are at the end if the race, plus the sun was out. It reached 78F while I was out on the course and I had chosen to run without my water belt; big mistake.
I ended up walking through some aid stations to maximise the amount if water I could consume and targeted the shady spaces of the course. When it came to heartbreak hill near the end I couldn’t get all the way up without walking. My legs were spent. Whether this was from the heat or too small a breakfast, I’m not sure. Perhaps half a bagel two hours before the start wasn’t enough.
I had to take a potty break part way round the course because of the amount of extra water I was consuming. This lost me some time as I had to wait for two people ahead of me.
I also made the silly mistake of running the first half too fast. I started with the 2:20 pace group and fought my way through the pack until I hit the 1:50 pace group. Then I realized I must be going too fast because I was a good few minutes behind them at the start of the race.
Ah, well. You live and you learn.
37th in my age group and in the first four hundred finishers. I can live with that but I am pissed that I didn’t bring my water belt. I really should have done but wanted to try using the aid stations.