The weather started out great cool and clear in the low 60's. I started out good and kept myself from going out to fast. The first 4 miles were beautiful forested dirt roads. After that the rest of the race was on the frontage road which didn’t have any shade. Most of the race was downhill I think 3000' net loss, but all that downhill really beats on your legs. I was worried because I had been having shin splints but they never seemed to bother me during this run. I felt pretty good at the half way mark but I was over heating even though I was running at an easy pace. It wasn't until the last 3 miles that I started having real problems. The heat was really starting to get to me at after 10 miles I actually got sunburned (I am pretty sure I put sunscreen on but I don't remember much from this morning). I think that getting a sunburn during the race was what drained my energy. 10 miles was the farthest I had time to train for I wanted to get up to 12 but we took a trip to Kansas were I got in 0 miles. We got in Georgetown at around 12 miles and I was happy to see we were in town. But there was actually some uphill, very easy hills, but after running down for so long these small hills really hurt. Half a mile to go, I was all most there, I was sweating a lot and I felt like a diesel locomotive slow and heavy but I was going to make it to the station.
2012 me: how did I ever run a marathon at 220 lbs