Ran (and walked) 26.2 today. Walked another 2 visiting the Steamtown National Monument.<br><br>
I'll write up a full report, but the story of the day is I started the race with a slight fever and scratchy throat, which I first noticed Friday and got gradualy worse Saturday and Sunday. Race time temp 62F and 90% humidity. 75F at the finish.<br><br>
It felt like soup from the opening gun. I told myself that I'd run 5 and see how I feel. With the downhill start, not bad! Mile 5 in 35:00 flat and mile 10 in 1:09:55. At that point I started to think I could do something. I held the 7min pace through 17 and by 18 I was going back-and-forth between shivering and heat flashes. My body was wacked.<br><br>
Luckily, I had this experience before (Athens '05) in the heat and I did today what I did then. I shut it down at 18 and jogged/walked it in. That year, I found another race 3 weeks later.<br><br>
Not upset, but its still a tough pill to swallow after putting in the miles. I am encouraged that I think my goal, or even sub-3 is in me someday soon.<br><br>
More to follow. Sorry to hear about Chicago and TC. Scranton was not that bad, comparitively.