All I have to say is that a full marathon in 85 degree weather, 66% humidity and 16 mph wind was by far harder than IRONMAN Louisville was last October! 😂
We were up at 3am and arrived and ready to start by 4:45am. Unfortunately our race was delayed 30 minutes from the actual start time of 5am.
When we finally did get going it was still dark for about the first 45 minutes. It was a good thing we brought headlamps. The temp was nice and we did great the first 9 miles. After that it was downhill for me. From mile 10-14 Taylor was a trooper and walked with me as I was not feeling well. I've been fighting off something since the Tuesday before we left for Maui and today I'm still sick. I knew the remainder of my race had to be walked if I was going to finish, which was my only goal at this point.
Eventually I encouraged Taylor to go ahead of me and I'd see her at the finish. She was reluctant initially but finally agreed.
It was hard. My breathing was shallow, my throat was killing me, I was dizzy but never felt fatigue or cramped. I continuously drank my electrolytes and used my salt tabs to keep hydrated. At mile 17 I stopped for water and the medical tent peeps asked me to sit for a bit. It felt good to sit. They checked my vitals and BP was a bit low. They wanted to call the medic but I assured them my BP typically is low. If I felt any worse I would stop walking and call for help. After 15 minutes with them off I went.
I made sure I stopped at each water stop, poured water over my head and back and put ice in my sport bra to keep my core cool.
Can I just say how incredible the volunteers were? Each one was so encouraging walking towards us to hand us ice water, filling up our water bottles, handing us baggies of ice and pouring pitchers of water down our backs.
The participants were great too! I won't forget the gal who told my boo and I early in the race that "Team Mamasita" was going to be her inspiration. ❤
And the spectators were additionally incredible. We received a lot of honks and as I ran down Front St. in Lahaina, so many locals and tourists cheered me on. It's what I needed the last few miles of the race.
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