As I arrived downtown I panicked because I couldn't get to the parking structure that I intended on parking at. The police had part of the road blocked off and forced me to turn down a road that I thought was leading me to the expressway. After a bit of a nervous breakdown, I realized I was not headed to the expressway and only needed to make a left turn to get me to a different area to park....not the one I wanted though because this one wasn't free. :O(
It was about 7:15am and it was 60 degrees and POURING, but at the start of the 25K the rain had let up and it was actually kind of humid out. I lined up at the back of the 9:00 minute/mile pace group. Soon enough we were off. I felt good as I my breathing settled in to a nice pattern.
Mile 1: 9:26
Mile 2: 9:20
Mile 3 9:23
Mile 4: 9:26
Mile 5: 9:34
I forced a GU and water down at mile 4 and only slowed as to NOT inhale the water.
Mile 6: 9:32
Mile 7: 9:44
This is were I started having a hard time. I couldn't get my heart rate under control and I thought if I just walked for a second it would be OK. So I did and that was my downfall because I mentally gave up on myself. I forced another GU at mile 8 and walked through this water stop.
Mile 8: 9:55
Mile 9: 9:45
This hills started here and last for the next 4 miles, and I could feel a blister forming on the bottom of my left foot.
Mile 10: 10:22
Mile 11: 9:58
Mile 12: 10:12
Another GU and an orange slice to try to physically push me through but mentally I was done.
Mile 13: 10:17
Mile 14: 10:36
I really was struggling at this point and I was upset with myself for crumbling.
Mile 15: 10:32
The finish line area was packed with spectators and I pushed myself hard to the end. The finish line was uphill and it was a struggle. I set my sights on a guy who was giving it his all, and I chicked him. You betcha!
Mile 16: 9:28
Garmin time read 15.62 miles at 2:34:04.
Official time read 15.5 miles at 2:34:08.
Not what I wanted.
But still OK.
I need to work on race day anxiety. I need to carry over my confidence that I acquire during training runs into race day.
I give up on myself to easily.
Sorry for the lack of photos -- I forgot to take pictures.