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#8966155 - 03/07/17 10:08 AM Re: Running/Cardio Thread [Re: y2blade]
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Thanks man...you'll do great in your race. For your first, it's all about those long runs, so if you're already at 20, you'll have a great day out there.
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#8966359 - 03/07/17 11:28 AM Re: Running/Cardio Thread [Re: Mrs. Ironmom]
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Solid performance Chris. Way to tough it out.
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#8967448 - 03/08/17 08:19 AM Re: Running/Cardio Thread [Re: Mrs. Ironmom]
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 Originally Posted By: Mrs. Ironmom
I majorly overestimated how recovered I was only two weeks out from Black Canyon 100k, but I wasn't about to miss my 5th straight Way Too Cool 50k. Also developed a nice little cold right before the race, but wasn't going to let that stop me.


Nice work man!
It's rough going into it when it feels like so many things are already against you before mile 1, kickass for stepping up and getting it done anyways.

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#8976318 - 03/17/17 12:55 PM Re: Running/Cardio Thread [Re: SJP0tato]
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Welp, my 4 months of marathon training is coming to a close. LA this Sunday, followed by Ragnar a few weeks later.

Just hoping to survive uninjured.
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#8976550 - 03/17/17 03:24 PM Re: Running/Cardio Thread [Re: Design]
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good luck! guessing it wont be quite as surface-of-the-sun conditions as usual?
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#8979441 - 03/21/17 02:18 PM Re: Running/Cardio Thread [Re: THOT POCKETZ]
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Thanks man. I'll provide a proper update when I have time. But in short, I was malnutritioned for the first 16.5 miles. Fell in and out of consciousness from mile 3-10. It was so bad I nearly called it quits at the halfway point. But looking back I'm glad I stuck it out.

My slowest and toughest marathon to date. 4:37:55.
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#8979509 - 03/21/17 03:09 PM Re: Running/Cardio Thread [Re: Design]
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JFC! it's ok to tap out on a bad day man!
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#8979569 - 03/21/17 03:37 PM Re: Running/Cardio Thread [Re: THOT POCKETZ]
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^taps out on track 5km training sessions
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#8979582 - 03/21/17 03:42 PM Re: Running/Cardio Thread [Re: Tits-of-Shame]
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"...fell in and out of consciousness in the LA marathon but soldiered on...."


\:\| :|:| :|:| :|:| :|:| :|:| :|:| :|:| :|:| :|:| :|:| \:\|

That said I hear the medical tents are pretty awesome [free massage, etc]
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#8979635 - 03/21/17 04:39 PM Re: Running/Cardio Thread [Re: THOT POCKETZ]
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For the record, I never really faded to the point that I couldn't keep a line. I had lost total awareness of where I was or what was being said around me... by mile 3. The only time I've had that happen is maybe the last mile or two of my first marathon, or a really hard training run. Never, ever in the beginning of a race.

I'll save the rest for proper write-up. But thanks for the kudos. \:\)
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#8979687 - 03/21/17 05:44 PM Re: Running/Cardio Thread [Re: Design]
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Way to gut it out Kent. We learn more from race experiences like that than we do from the PR's where nothing goes wrong.
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#8980638 - 03/22/17 12:58 PM Re: Running/Cardio Thread [Re: Mrs. Ironmom]
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Thanks Chris. I have a couple minutes so I'll jot down some random thoughts about this weekend.

Leading up to the marathon, I was feeling pretty good. I still had some congestion from the flu a few weeks back. But nothing I thought would hold me back. Got plenty of rest Thursday and Friday. Did my 2 mile run Saturday. Got a late start to LA to pick up my race bib. And was due in Riverside later that day for a friends gathering. The traffic and hectic pace of the day screwed up my rest and meal plan. But I ate OK around 6 PM. As I found out later, it wasn't enough.

I got home late after our friends gathering. Slept for 1-2 hours. Got up and had my typical fruit and yogurt. Headed to Santa Monica. Felt a bit hungry so I ate a protein bar and a little more fruit. Started the race like I normally do, settling in to a comfortable 8:50-9 mile pace.

By mile 2 I could tell something was wrong. My legs had difficulty turning over. My mood was getting sour. And my awareness was fading fast. At the time I had no idea what was wrong. Maybe a bit of sickness left over. Maybe congestion making things tougher than usual. I tried toughing things out for a few miles. No improvement. Still fading, now slowing to a 9:15 pace.

By Mile 4 I knew I was in serious trouble. Passed up by everyone around me including the 4 hr pacer (almost missed them too, despite the crowd being right next to me). I began reflect on what I could have done wrong. Training was good. Rest was good, despite not getting much on Saturday. I figured I had eaten enough.

Given all this, I figured I'd try to take an extra gel and some Gatorade at the aid station. Started feeling better, a little more aware. Then faded back to a slump after 1-2 minutes. Mood was horrible too. Repeated this strategy at the next aid station, and the next. Then I finally figured out by Mile 7 that I was probably in a major calorie deficit. Continued to try and get ahead of it. But I figure I was burning more than I could take in.

By mile 8 I had slowed to around 11-12 minute miles. Wasn't paying attention to GPS, music, crowd - nothing. Just the pavement 4-5 feet in front of me. I had no idea where I was on the course. Just trying to get one foot over the next. Things were progressively getting worse. And at that point, knowing I had another 17 miles to go, I abandoned all hope of finishing the marathon either by running or walking. So my strategy changed from "how to finish," to "how the heck to I get back to my car." That resulted a VERY rough 4-5 miles.

Somewhere along Mile 12, I figured there would be an aid station and shuttle at the half marathon relay point (Mile 13) where runners swap out. So I just focused on making it there so I could get a ride back to my car. Let me tell you... when you're in this state of low blood sugar, for this long, you become someone else entirely. This is a full chemical breakdown in how the brain processes thoughts and emotions. Everything was negative, impossible, hopeless, worthless... you name it, I thought it. Definitely the lowest point of the race.

Just past mile 13 I saw the corral exchange. I saw the first aid tent, shuttles, and a spot where I could sit down and recoup for a bit. I slowed to a walk on the side of the road and got within 10 feet of the exit, ready to sit down and take the first shuttle back (it was already loading some of the relay runners who'd finished). It was at that point I realized, for the first time during this miserable race, that walking was getting me to feel ever-so-slightly better. I stopped, pondered, and decided I'd continue walking a bit to see if things would improve. Worst case, I felt like I could walk back if things got worse again.

My strategy at that point was simple. Walk, eat, drink... repeat. Got to the mile 14 aid station. Drank nothing but Gatorade the next several miles. Grabbed oranges, pretzels, red vines... anything I could find on the course to scarf down. Mile 15... a little better. Mile 16... better.

By the middle of mile 16 I was feeling like I might try to run again. It sucked. Legs were stiff. Calves were hurting. And I could feel excessive fatigue in my right hip extending all the way down to my heel. But I kept running a bit. Took a single ibuprofen to see if I could minimize distractions. Things got a little better.

By Mile 17 I was feeling around 60%. I ran easy. I walked through the aid stations. I kelp eating and drinking as much as I felt comfortable doing. But the key turning points in the race were two mini aid stations - one serving Dr Pepper, and the other serving beer. Finally, by Mile 18, my mood lightened a little. And I got back into a 10 minute mile. Continued to walk through each aid station, but ran comfortably. And I began to run a little faster each mile.

By Mile 23 I was feeling around 75%. Stopped by my run club's aid station. Had a brief conversation with the group about what happened. They all agreed it was malnutrition and possibly fatigue from overnight. And now that I knew what was going on, I felt I had some my groove back. Completely opposite of what most marathoners go through. I left the Club tent, feeling pretty good, and kicked into high gear, darting in & out of a visibly faded crowd.

Those last three miles were amazing. Feet were heavy. Legs sore. But I was passing everyone, holding 7:45-8 minute miles the final 5K. I crossed feeling strong, a little loopy, and glad that I had refused to give in. Perspective is a b*tch though. Everything inside me told me to quit. And to be honest, I probably should have. Could have passed out on the course or done serious damage to my body. But in the end I finished both the marathon and the Conquer LA challenge (10K, half, marathon).

4:37:55 was the official time. And with all the training I did, I might turn June's Half Marathon into a full. Regardless, a great learning experience. One I never plan to repeat. And I am all the better for it.

Thanks for reading.
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#8981701 - 03/23/17 11:17 AM Re: Running/Cardio Thread [Re: Design]
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Damn Kent...sounds like a shit show of the highest magnitude! Sorry you had to experience that. I guess the bright side is that every race from here on out you can think "at least I don't feel as bad as LA 2017!" \:D
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#8981839 - 03/23/17 12:52 PM Re: Running/Cardio Thread [Re: Mrs. Ironmom]
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Thanks man. You know me, I try not to exaggerate things or act like a b*tch. It was quite simply, a tough race.

Funny too, your words were nearly verbatim from other experienced runners in the club. The race (good or bad) will culminate into experiences that last a lifetime.
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#8982766 - 03/24/17 11:22 AM Re: Running/Cardio Thread [Re: Design]
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Run streak 2017 is still going strong. 533 miles YTD.

Boston is a little over 3 weeks away. I may move back a few corrals at the start.

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#8982800 - 03/24/17 11:44 AM Re: Running/Cardio Thread [Re: Mrs. Ironmom]
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That sounds bad enough I might have consider pulling a stickaz. Nice job toughing it out

I'm happy to have cracked 100 already.
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#8983008 - 03/24/17 01:56 PM Re: Running/Cardio Thread [Re: Tits-of-Shame]
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finish a marathon or a 70.3, then get back to me. Have fun in boston ironmom... if I ever qualify I'd just treat it like a victory-lap lol

I've had several half races where I've noticed that my pace was too aggressive and just held out as long as I could until the inevitable. No big deal. Basically that's every SJ rnr half for me. It will be hot, I will try to PR, I will hit the pain wall at mile 9 and struggle in, no big deal. See you next year with the exact same approach

if I ever have an experience like Design is describing I'd have torn my bib off by mile 3 and be patiently waiting for the beer line to open. Way more to lose than gain imho. Maybe I'm a little sensitive as I spent 6 months after my first [which was easy as fkuc until like mile 25.1] marathon wondering if I'd even be able to run a 5k again , in fact, for several months or so I figured that was the new reality for me
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#8983213 - 03/24/17 04:18 PM Re: Running/Cardio Thread [Re: THOT POCKETZ]
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#8984684 - 03/26/17 10:43 PM Re: Running/Cardio Thread [Re: Tits-of-Shame]
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60 mile week with no races. Weeeee!
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#8984958 - 03/27/17 10:21 AM Re: Running/Cardio Thread [Re: Mrs. Ironmom]
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Crazy.
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