Aside from the 30 minute delay, the race went well and it seemed like the course change this year - which wove though some of the nicest place in Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale - was relatively flat and scenic. There were many more spectators than I remember last year too.
I had pretty low expectations for my performance at this race given that my longest run over the last month was 13 miles. I might have averaged 15-20 miles per week.
Miles 1-13 were easy.
Miles 14-19 I found a second wind.
Miles 20-26 the wheels came off.
- Having Heidi and Debbie show up along the course to cheer on the clown. You ladies are the best.
- Bumping into Jay around mile 23 pacing his wife. She was sick of him but his inspiring words came at just the right time. Thanks Jay!
- All of my 'new' gear held up for 26.2 miles. No blisters, chaffing or rubbing.
The last 2 miles were just gritting my teeth and heads down. Nothing more.
I'm happy to be done. Actively recovering in the hopes I can tackle the Coldwater 50k this coming weekend.