Then at about the 3.5 mile mark my stomach started to cramp - bad. Not side stitch cramping - GI cramping! Really I cannot think of a reason why this happened? I was well hydrated and my nutrition was the same as it has always been. But it was so uncomfortable that at the mile 4 water station I actually stopped and dry heaved over a garbage can - nothing came up. However, I did garner some very disgusted looks from the teenage-aged volunteers manning the water station - so I had that going for me! At this point I figured it was only about 2 miles to go and I could HTFU and just finish. Without getting all gross and descriptive on you - since the vomiting didn't work - lots of "clinching" was done for the last 2 miles!
Mile 4 split was 7:53 (stopping didn't help!). Mile 5 was 7:59. Mile 6 was 7:41. The final .21 was at a 6:16 pace. For some reason the pain subsided some with about a mile to go and I was able to get a nice kick to finish strong. Hello finish line and hello port-a-potty.
My final time was 45:37 this is a 7:20 average pace and was a new personal record surpassing the 46:20 that I did in 2009. Even though it is a PR I am a little disappointed in my results. I really think if my stomach would have cooperated I could have done this in 44:00 - 44:30. Heck, I wasted 30 seconds dry heeving. But, this is a good learning experience because it shows that things do not always go as planned and you need to sometimes suck it up and make decisions on the course.
Overall, this was a very well done race. The post race party had a ton of things to do. My friends came and brought their kids and they had a bunch of games for them to play. Sponsors had tons of drinks and fruit and bagels. Just really well put together event.
Here are my final stats:
Chip Time: 45:37
Overall Rank: 333/5520 (top 5%)
Gender Rank: 280/2818 (top 10%)
Age Group Rank: 44/478 (top 9%)
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