Thursday, October 9, 2008

My Sad Sad Day


So here is my Race Report. Yeah, this thing took a long time to post, as I wasn't even sure if I would post this. I am not very happy with my results, but it is reality and I will learn. The main thing I learned, I hate rain and cold weather and wear more clothing, even if it means throwing away your favorite shirt if you get too warm....

So the marathon was VERY wet and VERY VERY cold. I was on pace for a great marathon up until about mile 15. When I crossed the Mississippi River bridge (very long, pouring rain and 40 mph winds), I suddenly got really cold and my calves started cramping up. I literally ran/walked the next 5 miles in a ton of pain as the longer I progressed, the shorter the time I could go before my calves cramped. It was so bad that I would run to the curb and hope I made it there before my legs would give out below me. So miles 1-15, I was on target for a 3:50 marathon. Miles 15-20, I slowed it down and still was on target to finish in under 4:15. At mile 20, they literally had a wall like on Run Fat Boy the movie and as I ran through it I made the decision that if I was going to finish this race I was going to have to walk, or they would have to take me off the course. I was literally hiding from the Medical tents because I had so many people ask me if I was ok. After I decided to walk instead of run, since I knew I could somewhat manage, my pace slowed down significantly, but I swallowed my pride and tried to have fun with the people. I took beer (warmed me up somewhat) and talked to other runners. Those last 6 miles were the hardest miles of my life as I walked them. I wanted so badly to run, but every time I did, my legs gave out and it took longer to start walking again. After I crossed mile 26 I started running again and I had to stop about 50 feet from the finish line. People were yelling, "you're almost there" and I thought, "you think I would stop right now if I could actually move?" So I crossed the finish line in 4:52. AHHH, an hour behind my goal but a 20 minute PR. I was crying at that point as I was so mad at myself. I could barely move as I went to find my husband, still crying. Then I sat on the ground shivering like crazy as I was wet and my heart rate had dropped so much because of all the walking at the end, I was FREEZING out there, they need to give out those mylar blankets on the course for people that have to walk. So it took me over an hour to warm up and my calves hurt for 4 days, but today I am doing much better. I ran a 3 mile recovery today. I am still beating myself up over my bad day, but am so happy I have Disney already booked, so I can hopefully have a better showing.

Thanks for reading...It was a humbling experience and makes me more than ready to start a new training program. I am so upset that I put all those miles in and didn't get to prove myself, so hopefully in January I will have a better race to report.

3 comments:

Kristina said...

First, you finished another marathon--yee haw! Congratulations! Second, a big PR. Nice work!
Third, all marathons are a gamble so you never know what'll happen, even if you train well. That's kind of the excitement of it.
The conditions sound lousy, so pat yourself on the back for sticking it out and PRing in the process.
And if you want a good and unbelievably affordable ($75 for the season) coach, I know one who will train the hell out of you to meet your goal...
You should be so proud, though, not disappointed. Way to go!

Caroline said...

Well, for what it's worth, you're a real inspiration. I haven't run a marathon yet, and it's reassuring to know that even with unforseen circumstances like bad weather and having to walk, finishing the race is still possible. And with a very respectable time too! Yay for you. (Love the orange cap and matching medal.)

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

WOW!! Sounds WAY WORSE than my experience. At least I was not cold, wet and fighting wind and calf cramps. Thank you for sharing this!!! I think I have another Marathon in me, for the simple reason that I want to RUN the entire thing... Who knows??