Just a quick note before I get some much much needed sleep -
The race was brutal! I finished in 3:37:48, which is well off of my goal of sub 3:15, but I realized pretty quickly in to the race that it was going to be a matter of surviving and finishing, and not PR'ing. I did race as hard and fast as I could, but my body was not a fan of the 88+ degree temps and I just wasn't able to run the pace I wanted. I had to stop and be sick five or six times (can't remember exactly - my brain got very fuzzy!) and I walked the aid stations, which I don't usually do, so I could get three cups of water at each stop (one to dump over my head, one to dump down my front and one to sip).
I am happy that I finished (and at times I had some doubts) and I am happy that I was able to requalify for Boston in Boston. There will be more races and opportunities to make progress.
Coach Rick jumped in and ran with me for a few minutes at mile 15, and I saw my Dad at mile 26 (both of which helped a lot!) I also had a few different friends pick me out along the course and cheer (loved it!) and a few people recognize me from the Runner's World magazine (embarrassing!). I wore my Brooks uniform and got lots of "Go Brooks!" cheers which was fun.
I did love the course and the whole Boston experience. It's a wonderful race (and would be much more so in temps that were 30-40 degrees cooler!)
Thanks so much to all of you who sent emails, comments, etc. of support and encouragement. They all mean a great deal to me. I am looking forward to a morning with my Dad and then heading home to be with Josh and the kids again. I miss them all terribly and am glad my next race is one that is close to home and they will all get to be there.
Full race report coming soon. :)
Good night - from a very tired, very sunburned (despite putting on a ton of sunblock) runner