So... the race happened... final result... 22:43 and change, depending on what you look at... 29th overall.
In a nutshell...
I trained my butt off this year.
I ran my heart out in the race.
It is still hurting.
Being here - post 100 mile run - before I know it's going to take patience and time to bounce back. I just need to ride it out.
I am reticent to write a full blown race report on this one... Mostly because I don't know what to say but also because I don't feel like documenting a mile-by-mile regurgitation of the thing.
Also, for me, the race this year was personal. The work that went into it and the race itself was for a lot of personal reasons which I feel that I want to solely hold and know for myself. But if you are interested of what sort of motivated me, you can read about it here.
I will share the one thing that I learned in this race and the lesson is this... They always say that you never know who is going to show up for a race... I think most of the time we think of that in terms of other competitors who may or may not toe the starting line... but what I learned this weekend was that you also never know who is going to show up and that includes which version of yourself.