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Lawrence, Indiana
United States
40F / 4C
Sunny
Total Time = 3h 59m 35s
Overall Rank = 333/1005
Age Group = F45-49
Age Group Rank = 11/31
Pre-race routine:

Up @6:40, dressed quick, short chat with Dad then off to the site with my PopTarts and Diep Pepsit. Race site only 9 miles away...but long line to get into the humongous parking lot. Parked, quick facebook update then walked the 2ish blocks to the site. Stopped at the portapotty for the usual last minute pee stop!
Event warmup:

none...small amount of stretching...During the National Anthem, when they sang "bombs bursting in air", I picture the dream I had of Terri and I running Chicago and it turning into an airstrike!! Whew that did not happen!
Run
  • 3h 59m 35s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 09m 08s  min/mile
Comments:

This will be LONG, and boring since Im not a good storyteller! OK...I have done 2 other marathons Tuscon 2003 and OC 2004. 4:30 and 4:28 respectively. I must keep reminding myself and others that I am NOT a distance runner! I remember saying years ago. self "there is no way I will EVER qualify for Boston" because I ran the 2, slower than the slowest qualifying time for any age! Granted, I do run somewhat better now than I did then. After following our fellow Donkai during their Boston marathon last year, I still said...no way, ever. This year, while trying to support Ben and Lisa in their quest to BQ, did I think about it briefly. I had done a whole mess of 10 mile runs, once 3 in one week. I did a 15 for fun...then started wondering "what if". So, one night after work ( a bit over two weeks ago) I went out for a 6 mile run, and it felt so great, I ran another 12! I came in the house, showered and signed up for INDY! (15 days before the race). "I need to do a 20, then taper hard". My few brain cells that function with a bit more caution said "skip the 20, and most everthing else". Which I did. Did an 8 miler that weekend, then a couple more short easy runs. I did most of this on the crushed stone bike path, flat...to save any extra distress to my legs/hip. Bought new shoes, wore them for 8 miles.
Race day: my plan was a modified taper plan (putting info from Ben, Lisa, Scott S, and DJ together. It had the first 3 miles slowly increasing from 9:20ish to 8:48.(this was a 3:55 pace chart). I was supposed to do the miles from 3-13 at 8:48 to build a cushion. At the half way, I was supposed to slow to 8:52 until the last2-3 miles, which allowed a slowdown into low to mid 9's. I went out as planned, but did decide that I WOULD take advantage of the free speed of downhills provided I did NOT increase my effort. By my splits, I did pretty well for the first 20 ish. Steve, Dad (his) and Allie were going to try to come and see me at 17 (then again at 21, same spot). I spotted them as I came around a corner (they had JUST arrived!). Stopped hugged all 3 then kept on. The sun had been out for a while, and only occ wind. I felt great for the first 10, then ok until 18 ish? I had had some little twinges of my ileopsoas issue around mile 6, then inner R ankle for a few miles around 15-16ish?. I realized the ankle was from the camber of the road, so tried to run more in the middle of the road (while still trying to run a good line on corners etc due to the course being reported long) This adjustment took care of both twinges right away, and they stayed away. I had been sipping Gatorade regularly, and Gu'd and Elyted starting at 1:20ish. Back at 17 miles...self "huh, my 18 mile training run was easier than this". Up around 19 really started wondering how I would play out the rest. Starting with mile 20, I had to walk probably 15-30 sec each mile, just to get my breathing and HR under control. (I did NOT wear the HR monitor for my Garmin) I had a bit of an exercise induced asthma issues staring around mile 7 or 8. This started having an effect by mile 20. I came back past Steve, Dad and Allie around mile 21 and I see Dad holding a big sign that said "I see Boston!!". (he borrowed it from a lady who had already seen her "person",. then dad passed it on to someone else to use!!) It really made me smile, seeing Dad so excited for me! (I said quietly to Steve as I passed "Im not so sure Steve, I might not make it). I continuted on with the walking when I absolutely had to, then found a good pace (under 9) until I had to walk again. A guy came up next to me, and said "we are right on 4 hrs, keep it up". I said thanks, then walked! I started back up, and came on 2 younger guys, and chatted a bit. One asked if I had ever run one before, and I told him, yes, but not in 5 years. He said he hadn't done one in 21 yrs (he was 21!). His friend was on his second. We passed each other back and forth with running and walking, keeping each other going. I would catch up to my "we are on 4 hr pace" many times. (we were AHEAD of 4 hr pace thankfully!) I told him that 4 was my BQ pace, so he really tried to help keep me moving. I remembered the nice long gradual downhill at the start of the race...and knew I had to climb it! By the time I got to that one, I was hurting really bad. Couldn't breathe well, really struggled the long up hill (mile 25 well into 26.) Walked several times each mile, wathing my cushion rapidly deflate. Mile 26, OMgosh...I don't have any idea how I kept going. I did keep glancing down at my Donkey jersey, singing to myself "todays gonna be a good good day" and that would actually relax my stride. The end was actually .38 miles, and I was groaning in pain, shaking my head, and wondering how my feet were still moving forward. I saw the gun time ahead on the arch...it said 4:00:15 or so...kept the feet moving, raised my arms in disbelief (tryng to copy Bens finishing photo for his BQ). I had DONE IT!!! I staggered a second, then an arm appeared and I grabbed for it. Next thing I knew, I was being lowered into a wheel chair. I could not pick my legs up to get them on the foot rests. They got me into the med tent, and I could not even hold my head up at this point. The MD came over, and he and 3 others got me up on a gurney. Instant oxygen, BP (160/60's) bounding pulses at neck and AC, none at wrist. They started talking then about a transfer. (to the hospital). I kept saying Im ok...guess they didn't believe me. They got an IV going with warmed LR. Steve, Dad and Allie were there by then, and Steve said the RN was really digging around to find the vein. (I was so out of it, didn't really feel it) Still couldn't pick up my arms or head on my own. They stripped me down right before starting the IV, and put a dry new race shirt on! (SCORE...second race shirt!!). The MD got me an inhaler, since my breathing was still pretty crappy. Sip of water, instant puke. I just layed there, with people taking turnings pushing on my feet to help stop the leg and feet cramping. BP slowly came down, but MD said, nope, getting another liter of fluid. Still talking transfer...me still weakly saying "Im ok, and thank you...over and over" Seems funny now, thinking back how much I kept saying that. The MD had just done Fox Cities Marathon up here 3 weeks ago! I told him a was a triathlete pretending to be a runner. Some time about half through the second liter, I told him that I BQ'd but would not run Boston. I guess I told him marathons sucked. (Dad told me this am that I said that to the doc!) The cramping of my legs and feet stopped cold right after the first liter of fluids. Before they discharged me, I told the MD and the main RN who cared for me, that all marathoners should get a liter post run! (of course he questioned the heck out of me, re how much and what did I drink, gelled etc. He was pleased with my answers) They took out the IV, I moved around a bit, hugged them all and walked about half a block to where they let Steve park.
What would you do differently?:

Plan a marathon more than 2 weeks out? actually TRAIN for a marathon? NOT sign up for one period??
Post race
Warm down:

med tent for about 1 1/2 hrs.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training.I truly did leave it all on the course. I feel I paced it ok,just had not done the miles in training. (hadn't run over 18 miles in 5 years). If I was not trying to qualify, I would have totally eased up the last 3 miles, walked alot more etc. I kept thinking of my quote on my BT blog..."finish or get an ambulance ride". I almost did both. I have never felt THAT bad after any event I have ever done...but I had to SIU and qualify, or have to suffer through another one in the winter!

Event comments:

I feel so very fortunate to have as friends, the Donkey Nation. You all have helped me in so many ways. Ben, thank you for believing in me, and even taking a break from your guys weekend to call me last night! DJ, thanks for your ongoing support, even if you did leave me a message at 2pm Saturday, wishing me good luck and to "race the plan" tomorrow! (no thanks, didnt' want to do it again)Lisa, thanks for your support and text!
My other donkey buds, thanks for all of the inspires and well wishes...I did not get to see them until this evening as I was commputerless.
It was a great day for me, pulling an effort out of myself that I did not know I could! Even with the "collapse" at the end, I still was able to say what a great race it was! And, having Dad there, and seeing him so excited about the whole thing was just amazing. (just wish he hadn't been so worried when he first saw me in the med tent).

OH YEAH!!! there were two girls cheering for people around mile 8...I pointed to my shirt and asked "can I please have an eeeaaaawwwww", they looked a bit bewildered, focused on my shirt and eeeeaaaawwwwed me!!




Last updated: 2009-10-05 12:00 AM
Running
03:59:35 | 26.2 miles | 09m 08s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/31
Overall: 0/1005
Performance:
1/9:01 2/8:56 3/9:13 4/8:48 5/8:41 6/8:46 7/8:41 8/8:19 9/8:34 10/8:39 11/9:05 12/8:49 13/8:28 13.1/1:55:09 14/8:39 15/9:11 16/8:48 17/8:51 18/9:03 19/9:04 20/9:48 21/9:42 22/9:39 23/9:22 24/9:52 25/9:55 26/10:16 .38 9:38. (yes, .38)
Course: big loopish like 12.5 miles, then we split off from the half marathoners for a sort of out and back for the rest.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2009-10-18 7:03 PM

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2009-10-18 8:06 PM
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VERY PROUD OF YOU PAMMY!!!!!

 

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEf'nAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!

2009-10-18 8:17 PM
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You want an eeeaaawww? EEEEEEEAAAAAAAWWWWWW!!!! Awesome job and awesome effort. Sounds like you really did leave it all out there. Bummer about ending up in the med tent. Glad you are ok. Now go put your feet up!

2009-10-18 9:51 PM
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Wow Pam! Great race report. So much happened, so much emotion, energy, and raw competitive spirit. Awesome! That 'collapse' part was a bit freaky and so glad you are ok. 
YOU inspire me with all your energy, vivacious outlook on life, and sportsmanship! You rock girl!  
2009-10-19 6:10 AM
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Holy smokes girl - you are amazing.  And a total inspiration.  I can't believe you gutted it out like that - unreal.  CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!
2009-10-19 7:57 AM
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EEEEEAAAWWWW - that is terrific that Steve and your FIL were there.  Great to have that support. I agree with you on the IV - anyone who goes to the med tent should get the liter.

Good job "sticking  to the plan"....like a certain donkey says ...AFTER the race



2009-10-19 8:12 AM
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Heck of a story! Nice job on toughing it out! So, are you going to run Boston? Go for it...just run it and have fun!
2009-10-19 12:28 PM
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WOW PAM...!!!  you certainly earned that BQ...!!!   That was a great RR...  a bit scary about what shape you were in at the end...  but of course it helped that I already knew that it had a happy ending... 

You really ran a great race...  you knew those last 6-8 miles were going to be tough...  regardless of your pace for the first 18-20 miles...  and you built yourself enough cushion to be able gut it out at the end there...  that is just a stellar effort...  and stellar execution...

Really happy for your Pam...!!!   

Congrats again on such a great accomplishment...!!!  You certainly have made me and the rest of the donkey nation proud...!!!  
2009-10-19 12:36 PM
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Wow, great stuff and CONGRATS Pam!!!

I'm curious, what led them to believe you needed instant help like that?  You must have really rolled in in tough shape!

2009-10-19 1:23 PM
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morey1 - 2009-10-19 12:36 PM

Wow, great stuff and CONGRATS Pam!!!

I'm curious, what led them to believe you needed instant help like that?  You must have really rolled in in tough shape!


Guess it was the staggering and not focusing too well...cant wait to see the finish pics!! Im just glad they were there! (I thought during the last few yards, "do NOT fall down, do NOT fall down"!)
2009-10-19 1:25 PM
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and thanks all of you!!! YOU are awesome!


2009-10-19 1:33 PM
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Well that takes care of that.  Way to go and a big fat EEEEAAAWWWWCongrats.  No training and you BQ'd!!! Amazing.   Hope your arms don't look like a battlefield.
2009-10-19 2:36 PM
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Great job, Pam!  You take "ER or PR" to a new level (holly made that sign for me at IMWI this year).  Very good read and way to execute the plan based on limited training.  Without your determination and your perfect execution, I am not sure you would have made it.

Have a great time in Boston! 
2009-10-24 8:47 PM
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Heard all about it on FB, but finally read the report. Great story, and truly a great inspiration.

Congrats on the BQ!!!

I'm proud to be your friend.
2009-10-27 12:58 PM
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Congratulations Pam!!!  That's awesome!!!!

Sorry about the trip to the med tent.
2009-10-31 11:00 PM
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Open marathons ARE tough.  Great job on the sub-4, Donkette!!!  EEEAAAWWW!!!



2009-11-01 8:52 AM
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sub-4 BQ you don't look that oldWink
very nice job now just train a little more for boston
cause you have to do it now 
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