Damnnn. Where to start. Well 3rd place finish is pretty cool. 3:11 is not as cool. I am v pissed at myself (and a little at the distance rn) for not taking it slower in the beginning and being more disciplined. Our plan was 7:10s til the half then down to 7:05s and then crank it out at the end but in true Mel Hine fashion, I went out of the gates at low 7s knowing damn well that the humidity would be an issue. However, tbh I’m a little proud and shock that I even have this medal because dropping out at mile 12 felt very damn compelling. The 3rd place girl fell back and I was able to pass her which was literally the reason I hung on. There were a few out and backs so I could see there was a decent gap between myself and 4th so I just told myself over and over to just run. Forget time, forget how fricken terrible you feel and just casually run and hold onto 3rd. I stopped one too many times to just breath and regroup. I lost it mentally far too early on. I lost it before I even got to the start line because a tight calf/shin all week had me feeling crazy/doubtful and my excitement to race started fading. Buttt I am so incredibly thankful for a few guys out there that kept me going and kept reminding me that I could do it because I needed that so bad. Damnit that was hard and I didn’t come here to run 3:11 but I know that the past 2 months of training after Cape Cod were huge and no race time can take those epic workouts and long runs away from me.. and I know that with patience (and discipline!!) and consistency, big things will come. ✌🏼OH and @narkrunningandstrength you da best. Thanks for all that you do and for your patience! I will get it right one of these days!