Jackie picked me up at 3:15am and we drove to AF to catch the bus. It was a little chilly at the top which is just perfect for a race. I tried jogging around for about a mile, but it didn't help. I ate a banana and a bagel at 3:00 am. The race started at 6:00. Jackie and I stayed together for about the first 3 miles. I pulled ahead knowing I would have to stop at a porta potty, which I did just before mile 7. When I came out, I saw Jackie ahead. I took me about 1-1.5 miles to catch up to her. I could tell I was slowing down about mile 9. Just before mile 12, I got a side stitch and walked a couple of steps. Bill (1:45 pacer) saw me and encouraged me to finish strong. I sucked it up and took off. My goal was 1:43 and top 10 in my age group. I ended up with 1:43 and 11th place. There's a lot of fast ladies at this race. Jackie did great and finished with her goal time of 1:45.
I took a Gu 15 minutes before the start. I carried my Gatoraid for the first 8 miles and then tossed the bottle. I had another Gu at mile 9 or 10.