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Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C.
United States
Total Time = 2h 05m 59s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Blasting the theme song to the 'Kill Bill' trailer and pumping myself up to go run
Event warmup:

jog around the staging area to keep warm. Chilly mornings are back!
  • 2h 05m 59s
  • 11.3 miles
  • 11m 09s  min/mile

The race started pretty good... I was run/walking 10 minute miles to the second, which I thought was pretty cool. After about 5 of those, however, the idiot part of my brain was like "hey, I'm bored. I bet we could get a negative split out of this!". So, the sprint. I knocked out some 8 minute miles and then, all the sudden ... black. I hobbled over to the side, puking, which was slightly upsetting, especially when I looked down at my HR: 252. Not, not good. This prob. happened for three specific reasons: 1) Um, I have a heart condition and 2) I've never run more than 7 miles, so my heart was not conditioned for it, and 3) Run/walk, while 'boring', is the doctor approved way of keeping the HR under 200, and not only did I abandon it, I pushed the pace beyond comfort zone. So, yeah, this one was my bad. Luckily, this all happened near a water station, so I was able to rehydrate somewhat so I could push through to the end.

Well... it kinda sucked, to be honest. My whole body, around mile 9, just went into that whole "Would.Like.To.Stop.Moving.Forward.Now" mode, and everything just kinda hurt. My idiot part of my brain (having now taken over full control) was saying "Well...yeah, but one more mile... just push it" So, I tried. Stopping running to walk lead to some major head rushes and vision bubbles, so I was kinda thinking that moving forward quickly would be the best option. Also, some asshole spectator called out: "You'll finish quicker if you run". Ok, now that was kind of dick, but he had an excellent point. So, I tried to push the last mile.

But the mile never ended!!! No, really, it didn't! It was only after I finished that I heard the news: course re-route mid race had added another 1.4 miles onto the race course. Bitches! This is what happens when you leave it to Army boys to count.

What would you do differently?:

Um, not be a complete and total idiot. Accept my limitations and understand that if I haven't conditioned my heart for a distance, I don't get to 'race' it, I get to try to 'finish' it, and be happy with that. Reign in my pride a little bit.
Post race
Warm down:

Well, the fake finish was really , really far away from the water. So I spent some time wandering around trying to find some.

I also spent a little bit of time in the medical tent dealing with blood pressure and heart issues, then met up with some good friends who came out to make sure I didn't die. A little post race jog with Gilwab, puppy extraordinaire, was also involved. Puppy therepy makes everything better, I think.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Heart, poor training.

Event comments:

Could have lived without the re-route, but whatever....

Last updated: 2005-08-16 12:00 AM
02:05:59 | 11.3 miles | 11m 09s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Hit a max HR of 252 between miles 7 and 8. Suck.
Course: Out and back through monuments in DC
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Bad
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2005-08-23 3:25 PM

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2005-10-03 9:11 AM
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What a day!  You toughed it out - you finished!!  You raced this race that has been in your sights for, what, 2 or 3 years now????  YOU DID IT!!! No quitting, no doctors stopping you at the last minute, it was all yours yesterday and you did your very best!! Way to go, girl.

And now you can start getting ready for Gasparilla..hint hint..

2005-10-03 9:13 AM
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Queen BTich
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Sorry that happened Elizabeth! Hope you feel better.

Thanks for all the great info!

2005-10-03 5:01 PM
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San mateo California
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Great race....   It is funny how some people make fun of us doing things like running....   That "fan" was jus Yellow with envy... He only  wishes he had the heart you have....  peoople like that just make me wanna do this even more.....  But Hey...  you finished... you got out there and pounded the pavement until the finish line.... and that takes Heart, dedication...and courage...


keep on runnin.....  it is good for the soul....
2005-10-03 8:30 PM
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Hey Elizabethh! So the puking is cool, but what's up with the heart condition? Hmmm...beginning to understand your SN...

Edited by run4yrlif 2005-10-03 8:30 PM
2005-10-03 9:44 PM
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Evergreen, Colorado
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Great race, Elizabeth!  Glad to see you have more planned.

And puppy therapy is WONDERFUL

2005-10-04 5:50 AM
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Plant City, FL
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Sorry to hear about your puking incident.  It's so normal for me now, I expect it!  

Glad you stuck it out and finished up strong!  Way to go Elizabeth!!

2005-10-04 8:20 AM
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2005-10-04 10:25 AM
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Whitsett, North Carolina
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OMG.  I don't know whether to laugh at some of the things in here or not.  You did it though Elizabeth!  Congrats!!!
2005-10-04 10:56 AM
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Pittsburgh, my heart is in Glasgow
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I think pictures of the puppy should be included in this thread to help those of us who are far away from their pups at this moment
2005-10-04 11:18 AM
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jkbostic - 2005-10-04 11:25 AM OMG.  I don't know whether to laugh at some of the things in here or not. 

Oh, totally laugh away. I'm a complete idiot, but I take comfort that I can amuse others...

And, for your Gilwab pleasure...

Thanks for all the support, you guys! I can't wait to get back out there and do it all again (see above re idiot)

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