I'll probably write more later. First half right at 1:40. Apparently I was at 3:20:00 at 30K. I lost Doug around mile 18-19. Totally missed the 20 mile marker. Didn't have my Garmin so I was doing math in my head, apparently not well. I was fading but mostly keeping it sorta together, better than I have other times. I really thought I had the time, miles 23-24-25 even. I was having left hamstring/butt issues if I would try to pick up, so I just tried to stay steady at the slower pace. I can't remember the time exactly at mile 25, but I thought it was 3:14:30, which meant I had 10.5 minutes for the last 1.2. I was sure I was moving at least that well. There was a weird clock before mile 26, and no clock at mile 26. No excuses but if there had been a clock there I think I may have been OK. I was just so sure I had it. Like I said somewhere else, my own damn fault for making it that close.
A month ago I thought I had no shot, and my training for this was really pretty lukewarm. So in that sense a 3:25+ is not that bad of a time. I had an OK last few weeks of training, and I was healthy. But I lacked the quality long runs, mileage and long tempos.
Great time seeing everyone of course, lots of PRs and great races from the CN crowd and also from the swamp. Mostly I'm really happy for Doug, which sounds queer but is true.
Guess this throws off the whole Boston 2014 thing, and I really don't plan to run a marathon in the spring. We'll see what winter brings.