I will write much more later (tons of photos as well), but let me ClifNote it for you:
- POURING rain the entire time. I take that back. It was only sprinkling while we were in our corrals and not 40 yrds once I passed the Start mat, it started coming down. I was like WTF? Really?
- 40 deg w wind
- I honestly didnt make the decision until I saw the sign for the split. Had I made the decision earlier I would have pushed the pace more in the middle miles to go for a PR, but it was too late but I am happy with the outcome (2:13ish; my Garmin doesnt match the results and of course I made the course longer than 13.1). Far off of my PR for sure, but given that I was soaked to the bone and freezing my ass off (not to mention my clothes and shoes weighed about 10lbs or more), in my mind I recited Coachs email: If the weather is bad I ENCOURAGE you to DNS or just do the half and save it. I looked to the sky and asked Momma what I should do and I found myself turning right instead of left and that was that.
- I'm thankful I did what I did as I know from 2 of my friends that went on to do the full that around the lake it was way worse.
- I still am not warm and I've had 2 pairs of socks and 2 long sleeve shirts on since I showered. However I will say that I fared better than at USAFit half in January. I wore TWO shirts and leggings with shorts and still froze. Anyone who knows me knows that normally this would send me into a heat stroke, but today it was like I was full on naked for 13.1 miles.
- Casualties: 1 umbrella, 3 shirts, 1 light rain jacket, a visor (dumbest move ever while in a corral when it was just sprinkling) and an earband. Oh and my shoes as I left them in the hotel room. On purpose.
- Now I have to do 20 miles on Saturday and all I can say is "please no rain'.
- Much more later
- Peace out.