Marathon, by the numbers:
Second half (422m elev gain) 2:59:01
Fastest: km 36 @ 7:03/km (48m loss)
Slowest: km 25 @ 11:10/km (79m gain)
Total elevation gain (and loss) 673 metres. We started at sea level then eventually came back down after visiting lollipop mountain.
If you're wearing a hydration pack and just a sports top, consider carrying a shirt to put on if it rains. I took the skin off my back in 3 or 4 places.
Instead of eating all the food I took with me (Shot bloks, Clif bar, potatoes, Elevate Me bar), I mostly ignored it and ate food off the course. Oops, that's a don't do right?! Worked okay for me fortunately. The Tailwind in my hydration pack was essential, almost worth the chafing. I did not enjoy any electrolyte or sports drinks during training and this turned out to be a golden last minute find. Zero stomach issues.
Dr Kelly our Acupuncturist, the Vanduzzi queen (or cupping bitch as we affectionately know her). That's not a marshmallow in the picture.
Dr K is also a triathlete, her shoe advice was spot on and her enthusiasm is boundless, she knew we'd do this before we did.
Dr DJ, our Chiropractor of 3 years. We started seeing him just before our running started, perfect timing as he's been there for so many issues! No matter what's going wrong we turn to him first.
Thanks guys! You can find them both here.