Just a quick post. Family’s in town and lots of things going on right now, so the race report will wait.
Let’s just say it was freakin’ hot. The temperature at the 7am start was right around 70F (21C) and it just got hotter from there. By noon, it was 86F (30C) with a gusty southerly wind of 12-25mph. All week long I knew that it was to be a run of survival, although I was still motivated to break four hours. That didn’t happen. But I’m still quite pleased with the results, considering the conditions.
Finished in 4:32:20, less than three minutes slower than last year’s edition, which was overall 20F (11C) cooler.
Even with the heat, I was on track through the half marathon to negative split and break four hours. But even then I already knew it wasn’t going to happen. I was OK with that.
Lots of folks took rides in ambulances. The heat was taking its toll. Unfortunately, a 25-year old Soldier collapsed and died after finishing the half-marathon, but they are saying it wasn’t heat related, but a “cardiac event”.