- It was hot.
- Aid stations were awesome. The volunteers really make then rock.
- There are a lot of hills on this half marathon course. Whew!
- Did I mention it was hot today?
- I love trail running and racing.
My goal for the day was 2:30, which would have been about a 15 minute improvement over last year. Well, I was on track though about mile 9 to hit my goal. Then the wheels fell off. I started really feeling the heat. It's been cool here for the last 4 weeks or so, so I didn't get in much in the way of heat acclimation prior to the race. I started cramping all over and just really not feeling good. By the amount of people I was passing, I wasn't the only one struggling in the heat. The last couple of miles it looked like everyone was having a hard time. Lots of walking going on. I ended up finishing at 2:45. Same as last year, but considering it was 15-20 degrees warmer than last year I'm fine with it. I know I did my best out there today. A new PR just wasn't going to happen today.