Team Nichole showed up in full force, including my parents! My brother and husband also did the marathon (their first!).
I finished in 2:50 something. Good enough to win the race, but I really would have liked to run faster...but I also know that it was HOT the last 10 miles. I felt GREAT from mile 16-20, and knew that was when I needed to start bringing my mile splits down. I moved from about 6:25 pace to sub 6:20 in those miles, and was super strong and in control. I was planning on then bringing my pace down to 6:10 or faster for the last 10k, but by then the sun was out FULL force. I am no match for heat.... no matter how much I prepare, how much I've willed myself to accept the pain, physical toll.... I am just more susceptible to the heat.
So instead of speeding up, I think mile 21 was 7:00 or so??? That's a minute slower than I'd hope to be at the end of a marathon when I'm able to close (which I feel like I'd be able to do without the heat! I felt SO strong until the temp started to rise!). Full recap to come tomorrow or Monday. Here's a few pictures in the meantime :)
|My parents. Best cheer section ever!|
|The family cheer section. Nate's family was there too, but Nate's dad was still out on the course at this point.|