I signed up for the race Thursday March 6th and they had already run out of shirts for participants. After paying $65 for a race the least they can do is have a few extra shirts laying around.
The race started at 8am, which was a nice change, but unfortunately we began with the 5k racers which made it for a congested beginning.
My garmin would not locate satellites (happened in San Francisco too) so I was stuck with keeping track of my pace myself.
I managed to keep 8 minute miles and felt strong when I saw my friend Shannon around mile 7.5. Then I saw Ryan around mile 9 and felt like I had hit a wall. I had been maintaining a fast pace up until then and had spent all of my gas. Plus I was eating orange flavored Gu chomps that were messing with my stomach.
After doing a lot of walking I finally had to pull over around mile 12 to throw up. I wiped my mouth and started running. I knew I had to finish and just wanted it to be over. As soon as I cleared the finish line area, I found a bush and threw up again. At this point I told Ryan I just wanted to go home.
I finished in 1:51:26 which is 7 seconds slower than the half back in October.
8:30 min/mile pace
66 out of 515 females
272 out of 1051 finishers
Definitely a hilly course at the end but other than that a good representation of running in Charlotte.