Only conclusion is road marathon's are just brutal and punishing for me...this was number three for me in last 12 months and I think I have my fill of them. That said I am glad that I did it overall. Had smashed big toe in unnamed domestic incident/accident 6 days ago that left it bruised and swollen but not broken. This ended up not really being an issue as I borrowed my brother's shoes which were a half size bigger and worked out great.
First half in 1:51 with times between 8:11 and 8:40. Wanted to have smooth pacing with gas in tank for second half. Smooth but no gas. Second half had lots of 9's and one 11:30(potty stop at mile 15 that just plain took awhile).
Body just kind of shuts down mile 21 or 22 and the rest is on willpower, which is cool for sure and somewhat addicting but....I think I am ready to switch more full time to the trail/adventure running. Overall think that if it is on the road the half may be it...
Oreo had a great race. Smoked the first 15 then his stomach blew up and he ended up helping a damsel in distress run her last 6 or so after her blow up...cool cat.