MAde the 3 hour drive Sunday morning and got to park in a pretty good spot, and with enough time to jog a bit before and pick up packet. Wanted at least 30 miles today, and hoping for sub 3hours.
warmed up with slow jogging before the race - about 3 miles. Good weather, and a lot of people to contend with to get to bathrooms and corral. Awesome race experience at the start line with a Thunderstruck montage, and fireworks. Dude messed up the national anthem lyrics... :)
Anyway, race went just fine through 17-18 miles. Clicking off 6:40-6:55 miles, with GPS way off from about mile 4. The 3 hour pace group was crazy big and made it tough to get water at aid stations, but, I think I managed to hit when I needed. Mile 19 split had a pretty good hill, and a slower split for me where I los the group a little bit. A well placed Clif gel at taht point really gave me a boost. and I started feeling good in some downhill miles: 21-23 miles were 6:19, 6:26, and 6:35. Even passed the pace group and was targetting other people to pick off, my previous favorit game to play when I was oyounger man :) Then, started fading again: 7:11, and then a dizzy feeling turning in to a severe dizzy spell. HAd to walk mile 26... Not good. I bounced back a little bit and ran hard over the finish line. GPS showed 27 miles. Crushed some food and warmed back up in the car. took a a few minutes to recover and regain my senses. 27 miles - 3:09:51