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DNF

Not the result I was expecting at the 2010 Illinois Marathon.  I was hoping for a PR which would have been anything under 3:30.  Starting with the 3:20 pace I was hoping to eventually fade between 3:20 and 3:30.  Having Danoh start out with me was a bonus as he would add a distraction to the first couple of miles.  Not finishing wasn’t even in the picture.  Unfortunately it was reality.

My preparation was good and the morning of the race was smooth.  I have no real excuses.  I’m still trying to figure out what happened.  It was humid, yes.  I cramped, yes.  I was dehydrated, yes.  I was hyperventilating at mile 6, yes.  But all of these things shouldn’t have happened.  Knowing the course doubled back on itself at mile 13 I even placed an extra Perpetuem bottle on the opposite side of street when we passed what would be the 13th mile.  I started out holding 2 bottles and dropped off 1.  I probably should not have worn 2 shirts but I was worried about chaffing.  It had rained the night before so it was extremely humid.

By mile 7 I started walking.  By mile 10 I couldn’t even imagine running another 16 miles.  Mentally and physically I was destroyed so I went straight with the half marathoners when the course went right for the marathoners.  embarrassed, I didn’t even enter the stadium.

The next day was rough.  I felt like I had run a marathon.  My body was exhausted and my legs hurt.  I had trouble descending the stairs.  The funny part is that just 2 weeks before the marathon a 13 mile run would be an easy day.  But for the marathon I could barely finish the half.  I’m still puzzled.


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Comments

  1. Jason –

    I hear you! That day got hard in a hurry. I went from 3:08 last year to 3:48 this year. Cramps at 17 for me and worse and worse. Thought I’d recovered enough to fake it going into the stadium but when the nurse is the first person to greet you, you know you didn’t fake it well.

    I just got the heart to start running again on Thursday. This is one of those where we’ve got to figure what the heck happened and then push on I guess.

    Let me know what you think blew us up. I’m pretty new at running. I knew in my head that good training wasn’t exactly like money in the bank, but after Saturday I know that lesson right down to my stiff, heavy legs. And I’m really bummed about it.