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.