Poorest performance in a half since the first time I ran the distance. 2:29:40 is the official time. A good 20-30 minutes slower than I had hoped for/boasted about/planned on.
The course was harder than I thought it would be. (3 miles up hill??) It was hotter than I thought it would be... and around mile 9 I just kind of gave up, after being passed by the 2:10 pacer, the 2:15 pacer and the 2:20 pacer.
I'm not proud of it. I'm embarrassed. A lot.
The race was gun timed and when the gun went off, I was still waiting to get in the Honey Bucket. So I started out 1:30 behind everyone else and was running WAY too fast, trying to catch up to the 1:55 pacer. I never even saw him. The closest I got was the 2:05 pacer and I didn't stay in front of her for very long.
There are a lot more boring details that I could complain about and try to use as an excuse. But the bottom line was that I wasn't prepared for the course and hadn't trained as well as I should have.
Adding to my embarrassment were two great bloggers that waited and waited and waited around for me to finish for a photo.