It was a great morning for a marathon, temperatures around 50 and almost no wind and a little bit of off and on cloud cover. Unfortunately, I was in the middle of a cold so I wasn't feeling good.
The first few miles felt OK but I could tell it wasn't going to be the perfect day. My energy level was down just a bit. It was still a fun run and I was able to push pretty hard. Around mile 18 I had the signs of a stight muscule cramp, so I knew I better not push it to hard. The last few miles the cramps got worse but I was able to push through them without them shutting me down. I was suprised that I only got passed by one person the last 7 or 8 miles. I thought since I slowed down just a bit I'd get passed but I pass several people.
I came in 3rd of 53 in my Age division. The statistic I like best is that I'm 49 and the oldest person to beat me was 45, so I won the 46 and older race! I came in 36 of 874 total runners with 517 male finishers.