I was in pretty good spirits at the start.
There won't be too many pictures, and I'll try and keep the descriptions of today's events semi discreet. I had 2 miles of down hill left of the descent into Cow Canyon and felt pretty good early. The down hill was a little fools gold I think but I ran pretty well to the 6 mile point and the base of the first hill of the day. Just about everything started going wrong at that point, and it never got better. I had no energy in my legs for the first hill and felt horrible. The plan was to eat at mile 8 at the top of the hill and I had half a P n J. I threw it and everything else up before mile 9. I tried drinking some Infinit which I've never had any stomach issues with and promptly threw it up too. By mile 11 I knew I didn't have enough electrolytes or calories in me and took an S Cap, electrolyte pill, and continued drinking water. I tried to drink as much water as I could but I was very weak. At mile 14, my hands and fingers were starting to swell and I hadn't peed all day. I've heard of this happening to runners but had never experienced it before. I tried laying down in the back of the car for a little while and tried eating a little more but nothing seemed to help.
I had to stop at 21 miles. I was starting to weave on the side of the highway and was going so slow I wasn't making much progress anyway. I'm not sure what this means for the rest of the journey. I realized that I'm eating about the same as last year and trying to run 50% further. I also am having a difficult time adjusting to the heat. I can do something about the calories, yesterday took a lot out of me and I didn't have much of an appetite last night and didn't eat enough. I've eaten much better this evening. Tomorrow is supposed to be a few degrees cooler. I have 44 miles left. I'm committed to taking care of myself as best I can and starting tomorrow, we'll see what happens from there.