Ran my first 12 hour race and it went better than expected. Decided to go with all solid food (no gels) and diluted Gatorade. During the day I had rice, a couple bites of a sub, chocolate covered pretzels, and a chocolate peanut butter wafer.
I started at an easy pace which was just under 30 minutes for a 5k loop. The course was 1/3rd grass, 1/3rd asphalt, and 1/3rd gravel. There were 3 short hills that took about 30 seconds to run up. First 3 hours were nice. Low 60s with a little humidity. I was just short of 6 laps and 18.6 miles. Then the storms came and it dumped rain on us for the next 3 hours. The upside was that it kept us cooler. The water and mud slowed me down a little as I was just over 35 miles at the halfway point. As it was clearing up, I hit 40 miles in just under 7 hours which was the most I had run at one time. I was slowing some but was able to keep running for 17 laps (52.7 miles) as the temp got in the 80s. It was scorching hot a couple laps on the mostly open first mile. My legs were hurting so I started hiking knowing I could do 3 more laps to get to 62 miles. I did that and got to the finish in 11:30:42. At that point we could start doing a half mile out and back loop on the road. I started jogging with the intent to do a couple miles. When I saw I was able to keep a sub 10 minute pace, I decided to shoot for 3 miles. I finished with almost 2 minutes to spare so I ran the last 3 miles under 28 minutes. That ended up being the difference as I ran 65 miles and won the race by 1 mile. I didn't have any nutrition issues and no major muscles cramped up. The hard part will be getting my run in tomorrow to keep my 2+ year old streak going. It will be very slow.