I think I lost my mind - ORW Marathon

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I think I lost my mind - ORW Marathon

Postby newbie » Tue May 31, 2016 7:36 am

I said that when I began running that I would never do a marathon, well with some encouragement and a lot of peer pressure I signed up for the clinic and then the marathon. Up to this point the farthest I had run was 22k and that was a struggle. We ended up training in the 5:00 group since that was slowest group in our clinic. Of course we had one of the worst winters for training and nothing could have prepared us for the heat of race day. Up till 3 weeks ago I wasn't even sure if would be able to complete the race. We had done our long training runs but I hadn't made it to 32k, the day of the 32k I killed it and there was no doubt I would finish.

The morning of the race I was nervous since I had no idea what would happen with the heat, I don't do well with the heat. I started out with my 2 running partners and we took it slow staying with the 5hr bunny, it became obvious at about 5k that we would not be able to sustain that pace so we dropped back with 5:30. At around 8k we decided we needed a bathroom break, the girls wanted to catch the 5:30 bunny so we picked it up to a 7 pace and made it about 2k when I decided that was enough and slowed down. I told the girls to go on and I would catch them later, we never met again. I was having severe shin pain at that point and decided to walk it out. I made to the tunney's water station where I met all of my running room people and also MaryAnne my 5hr group leader. She was having a hard time as well so we decided to stick together and push each other.

Things went fairly fine, alternating running and walking. The heat wasn't too much of a factor as I was pouring water over my head at every water station and ran through every hose. Once we hit rockcliffe I knew something was wrong as I started getting bad stomach cramps, they would come and go every 2-3 mins, Once I hit coloniel by drive I was in doubt if I would finish since I couldn't walk let alone run. We met one of the xtra mile crew she saw me and came over to help, it was my friend Cecile. She walked with us to the 800 metre mark where I knew I had to find a bathroom or I would be done. I stopped in a porta potty that didn't look too bad, and after 5 mins felt fine. MaryAnne had finished and came back for me, we ran it in and I crossed the finished line upright and smiling. The announcer called out my name and I was a marathoner. It took me 6:38, not a pretty time but I finished and in the worst conditions they have seen for that race.

I guess I will have to come back next year
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Re: I think I lost my mind - ORW Marathon

Postby deerdree » Tue May 31, 2016 10:12 am

i can't imagine facing those conditions for my first marathon (or any marathon, really). well done!!

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Re: I think I lost my mind - ORW Marathon

Postby Spirit Unleashed » Tue May 31, 2016 11:22 am

Congrats Newbie!
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Re: I think I lost my mind - ORW Marathon

Postby daddy_runner » Tue May 31, 2016 11:35 am

Well done! :dance:

Heat does weird things to the inside of our bodies. It was smart running through every hose, as external cooling is just as important as internal cooling. Odds are, the GI distress you had was related to the heat.
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Re: I think I lost my mind - ORW Marathon

Postby Robinandamelia » Tue May 31, 2016 1:36 pm

Wow that's awesome!! Congrats on your first marathon, and in those conditions! You can do anything after that.

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Re: I think I lost my mind - ORW Marathon

Postby Habs4ever » Tue May 31, 2016 3:32 pm

No one really forgets their first marathon, and I'm sure you will remember it even more because of the crazy conditions.
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Re: I think I lost my mind - ORW Marathon

Postby Miss*Smiles » Tue May 31, 2016 3:59 pm

Congratulations!!!! YOU ARE A MARATHONER!! :dance:
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Re: I think I lost my mind - ORW Marathon

Postby chunkymonkeymelonhed » Wed Jun 01, 2016 1:26 pm

Congratulations marathoner!
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Re: I think I lost my mind - ORW Marathon

Postby Annelizabeth » Thu Jun 02, 2016 11:34 am

Fantastic race report, you really explained how it wasn't just the goal but the community of runners that made the effort together.

A hot day and you did it!!

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Re: I think I lost my mind - ORW Marathon

Postby Stampie » Fri Jun 03, 2016 5:01 pm

Congratulations Marathoner!!! Especially given the conditions that were presented to you on race day.

daddy_runner wrote:Heat does weird things to the inside of our bodies. It was smart running through every hose, as external cooling is just as important as internal cooling. Odds are, the GI distress you had was related to the heat.
I can attest to this, my most recent marathon failing had to likely be due to the heat. I was hit with weird & intense stomach cramps at about 33K and they almost did me in. I'm guessing a combo of the heat in Vancouver on race day, the lack of hydration and possibly an electrolyte imbalance had something to do with this. Though I was drinking my fair share of both, or so it seemed.
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5K – 26:20; 8K – 41:28; 10K – 52:13; 15K - 1:22:43; 21.1K – 1:54:16; 30K – 2:51:34; 42.2K – 4:24:14

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Re: I think I lost my mind - ORW Marathon

Postby Ken B » Sun Jun 26, 2016 1:20 pm

Congratulations, Marathoner!!


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