Thanks guys - love the support.
A couple of stories:
My photographer buddy Jay came down to shoot me crossing the finish, but I didn't see him as I crossed - he walked up to me within a minute of me crossing the finish line and I was a mess - almost broke down in tears just seeing his face - crazy feeling. I nearly fell down laughing when he told me he had half a joint if I wanted to puff with him.
At the last minute I added the Scarlet>Fire from 8/1/94 (my first
show) to my race playlist - great call. Shivers ran through my body when Jerry started singing Scarlet, then with about 1km to go it was time for Fire... "long distance runner", shivers again.
I tried something I'd never done in a race before, walking through the water stations, taking short (30-40 sec) walk breaks - this really helped me avoid hitting the wall hard, around 22 or 23km I hit the wall but it was more a confidence thing than fatigue.
My time put me 35th out of 140 in my age group, 30-39.