This race started at O'dark-thirty (or 5am..in Idaho, in MAY!). Got up early and ate a peanut butter bagel and coffee. Got to the start at around 4:30 and ran about 1.3 mile warmup and used the facilities. This was going to be a training run for me...and I am glad that is all it was as things did not go according to my plan.
From the start, my stomach was not good...either the bagel or yesterdays meals which were not unusual but my stomach was churning from the gun. Got lost in the pitch black at the first turn and ran a little extra but got back on track.
This course is constant rollers from start to finish and for the first 15 miles we ran almost the whole way into a 15-20mph headwind which really sucked. Hit the half at 1:25ish which was on plan. I wanted to speed up to MP for the rest of the run and hit somewhere around a 2:45. However, the stomach issues were catching up. I ran the whole race only taking one gel and getting water/powerade at only 5 stops...my stomach would not take anything! Then several firsts for me at a marathon...at mile 17 had to stop to use the PoP which took a while. Started feeling a little better but that was short lived and my intestinal issues only got worse. Then at mile 24 (or so), I final stopped and hurled about 4 times...all the hydration from the day gone. I felt better but now had no fuel left so I just coasted in the rest of the way.
I finished in 2:55:14 and had a good time talking to folks at the end waiting for others to finish (Gray, Lynette, McKay) the half and other marathoners (there were only about 25-30 of us). Second place came in at 3:35. I had to leave to get my kids and help with a garage sale afterwards and now am getting ready to clean the garage on this beautiful day.
Not happy with the result, but realize it is what it is...a training run. Now to figure out the stomach issues before UVM!