UPDATE- Full report posted on Green Shorts Running blog.
Running strong at your focus race of the year- $3
Meeting all your goals- $8
Having all of this happen in the biggest, most competitive, highest-profile race of your life- Priceless
Pretty much sums up my day. Thanks for your support, everyone. I'll put up a full report sometime later this week, but it might take me a few days just to watch all the wonderful UROC videos they put up and read the iRF twitter updates.
As a quick summary, it was a great race and I'm glad it came together like I thought it would. Like Ian Sharman said, it was brutal- tougher than I expected given the amount of road. But it was something awesome- running through the clouds 7 hrs into a race, pushing it harder through the entire ultra than I ever had before (hence the MP miles, and many were as hard as any 10k I've ever done), but somehow knowing that I would be able to still maintain for the 2+ hrs left. With 1 hr to go the clouds lifted and I saw a beautiful sight- Ian Sharman in 4th place one minute ahead, Matt Flaherty in 3rd place another minute ahead, and Michael Wardian in 2nd place one more minute up. If that doesn't motivate you to make yourself hurt even more, nothing will.