I’m alive! 26.2 miles later, I’m alive! The first 20 miles were as good as they could be. I felt fantastic. Then the sun came out with a vengeance and pounded on me and my legs got tired. For the last 6 miles I managed a brisk walk part of the time and ran the rest — I ran the last 1.5 miles or so, but it was a tough slog at that point.
I still felt good from the waist up — I never got winded, I was conversational and alert the whole time but my hip-flexors, quads and hamstrings were worn out. If we could have had some better cloud cover I think it would have improved things dramatically.
My group did great, Susan, Jeanine, Cathy & Christine all finished and looked good.
So overall, I’m satisfied. Would have liked to have a better last 5-6 miles, but I finished and that was my primary goal. Next year will be even better.