Training for this race was one of the most rewarding things I've done. Every week it seemed like I was pushing my abilities, right on the edge of doing too much. In the end, I covered 410 miles over 58 days, averaging a 8:52 pace. Helping Bryant with his training kept me more disciplined than I've ever been, and I really thought I would achieve my goal time.
The weather had something else in store for me. Not that it wasn't possible to run in the high humidity and moderate winds, but I just didn't have the warm-weather training to support it. The race was under "high alert" due to the conditions, and I couldn't eke out the few extra seconds per mile I needed to hit 1:45:00. My heart rate was in the red zone too long for me to pick up any time at the end, even though my legs were willing.
I ended up with an official time of 1:45:37 (8:03 average pace), 34th out of 292 for my age group, and 220th out of all 1808 males. One of my unstated goals was to hit the 80th percentile for both age group and gender, and I was happy to find that I was in the 88th percentile for both. Last year's 1:53:03 put me in the 68th and 69th percentiles, respectively.
But enough numbers. My real success in this race was being a part of team /var/run. Nancy, Amy, Bryant, G, and I celebrated like the professionals we are.
You dudes are the best. *team hug*
And now please enjoy photos of people suffering and/or having fun.