I woke up and ate a light breakfast before eventually heading over to SUNY for the Hangover Half. My stomach felt okay while I did a bit over a mile of a warm up. Per usual my warm up was painfully slow. I met up with Jen & Dara before heading outside. It was cooler than its been ( and actually enjoyed some snow flurries throughout the course) but I felt plenty warm enough with clothing choice. I was glad I had taken off the pressure to PR months ago, since given the way my week had played out, I knew it wasn't likely. I did hope to run around a 2:15 but my heart wasn't completely set on that either.
The horn went off and we went on our merry way. I did my best to avoid taking the first mile out too fast and felt mostly comfortable. I was running with Dara, which was great but also a bit tough for me mentally since I wasn't feeling awesome. I wasn't quite in the mood to chat but did my best to engage as we looped around the state campus. Everything was fine for the first 7 miles. I was average 10:00-10:18 and everything seemed normal.
And then there was mile 8. I'm not sure what happened but it was as if I was suddenly carrying 3x my weight. I gave myself a minute to walk tried to get my head back into the game, then I went back to shuffling along. After I survived to mile 9, I began to think about dropping out. I've only ever DNFed once, after a severe sprain mid race, so I had to think about it. What conclusion I came to, was that I have some big goals for 2016 and this race, wasn't one of them. I felt exhausted, cold, and my gait was changing. When I reached the final turn around, I continued on straight by passing the finish and running to my car.
I do not regret it.
Another 30+ minutes would have beaten me up even more than I was already feeling. So while I am disappointed that I didn't finish, I am still pleased that I made it to 10 miles (11.3 if you include my warm up) Mile for mile, I'm already ahead of where I was on January 1st 2015.