Warm temps + oppressive sunshine - any kind of shade = BRUTAL EFFING MARATHON.
I dragged my carcass over the finish line at 5:42 and change. I honestly thought I might not make it or that the race itself would have to be canceled before I reached the finish. Thankfully neither happened.
There's tons to say but I'm tired and dealing with the other major side effect of prolonged sun exposure--a horrific sunburn. I've got light pink calves, purple arms, a red neck (heh) and the worst raccoon eyes ever. I've used up nearly an entire bottle of aloe vera in two hours and my skin is still soaking it up almost instantly.
I'll write up a proper report later this week. Right now I'm just happy to be sitting down and thankful that my feet haven't fallen off yet.
Thanks for all of your support, guys. It really helped me out.