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Ogden, Utah
United States
GOAL Foundation
70F / 21C
Total Time = 3h 49m 38s
Overall Rank = 255/964
Age Group = Clydesdales
Age Group Rank = 4/12
Pre-race routine:

I lost my wallet at the hotel and was unable to find it. I was up past midnight ripping the room and car apart. I managed to get about 3 hours of sleep before waking up for good at 4:15 and getting ready. Mark and I took a cab to the shuttle bus location. We made it up the canyon about an hour before the race was supposed to start.
Event warmup:

I did a brief (8 min) jog at about a 10 minute pace to get the legs ready for the run. It was quite cold at the starting point (~36 degrees), but the sun came up right before the race started. The race was about 30 minutes late because of an excessive amount of night-before registrants who needed to be shuttled. So the warmup was completed roughly 45 minutes before the race actually started.
  • 3h 49m 38s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 08m 46s  min/mile

I started out with a great run. The goal was to hit 3:30. By the 1/2 way point, I was on track to do so with a few minutes to spare, which I knew I would need for the uphill section and the rollers. I was still on track for 3:30 by mile 21, when I started to slow just a bit due to some stomach and back cramping.

I was still able to push through to mile 23 averaging 8:30's when all of the sudden I felt intense chest pain that radiated out through my left shoulder. I was feeling extremely dehydrated at this point and wondered if it was related (blood thickening?). I didn't want to mess with chest pain, so I immediately stopped. I walked for a few minutes and drank 3 cups of powerade at the next aid station, then tried to run at a 9:30 pace once the pain left. It immediately came back. I basically had to either walk or very slow jog from 23 to 25 until I was able to pick up the run for the last mile again. The chest pain didn't come back for the last mile or rest of the race, fortunately.

While I feel good that I at least held on to finish the race, I am quite disappointed about the scary experience. In past marathons, I feel like I've been limited by my general fitness (usually legs just feeling dead at the end). My legs felt like they could have carried me the last 3 miles at a sub-8 pace to finish 15 mins or so faster than I did.
What would you do differently?:

I'm afraid that part of the problem is that I switched from the eGel that I was training with to the GU that they handed out on the course. GU has almost no electrolytes and caffeine. Both could have contributed to the hydration problems. Next time, I'll train with what I run with.

Also, I'll wear shoes with more support, instead of my tri racing shoes. They did get a bit uncomfortable by the end of the race.
Post race
Warm down:

I sat on the grass and drank cup after cup of Powerade until I felt better. I then spent some time walking and chasing the children around.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Chest pain. Dehydration.

Event comments:

Overall, I feel good about the effort. I am a bit disappointed about the time, particularly because I feel like what happened could not have been prepared for in any way. After spending months training, it's hard to accept the 15 or so minutes that I feel were out of my control. I had a good shot at medaling, but was roughly 3 minutes out of 3rd. The funny thing is that I actually crossed the 1/2 way point about 5 mins before any of the 1/2 marathon clydes finished.

Last updated: 2006-01-28 12:00 AM
03:49:38 | 26.2 miles | 08m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/12
Overall: 255/964
Performance: Below average
Course: The course started out pretty high up the canyon. The first 7 miles dropped about 500 feet, followed by 6 miles of flat to gentle rollers. The second half starts out with gentle rollers, followed by a 1/2 mile climb, followed by less gentle rollers up to mile 18. Mile 18 begins the descent down Ogden canyon with a steep 1/4 mile drop, followed by a more gentle descent that spans to about mile 23. The next couple of miles follow the river trail very slightly downhill into town, where the final mile is run perfectly flat down main street. Overall, it's a pretty flat course, but the pounding of the second downhill section is really hard on tired legs.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2006-05-06 9:58 PM

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Austin, TX
Subject: Ogden Marathon

2006-05-07 9:07 AM
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Peoria, Arizona
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Great Job, Dave.  That chest pain thing is NOT a good thing.  That's downright scarry.  Now we know how race induced heart attacks come along.

Glad you were able to finish the race, and your time is great -- given the challenge you experienced!

How'd Mark do?

CONGRATS on a great race.

2006-05-07 10:56 AM
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Austin, TX
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Mark came in at 4:11. I don't think he ever fully recovered from the hill. He wasn't far behind me up to that point. Still, it was about 5 mins faster than my 1st one, and he didn't train as hard.
2006-05-07 2:06 PM
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Great race Dave. You were on a great pace! Way to work through the pain to finish. Kind of scary though -- especially the chest pain thing. Good lesson though, training the way you race. I don't train with hammer gels and both times I've used them in a race I've ended up with cramps. Probably from not drinking enough liquids with them but still . . . good to remember.

Enjoy Disneyland! 

2006-05-08 6:30 AM
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Crystal Lake, IL
Subject: RE: Ogden Marathon
Wow!  I'm glad I'm reading a race report and not an obituary.  Seriously, that's a scary deal.  I don't know if I could have done it, chest pain scares the hell out of me.  Congrats on the pace up until that point.  Are you thinking of seeing a doctor to make sure that's all it was? 
2006-05-09 11:24 AM
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Draper, Utah
Subject: RE: Ogden Marathon

Yeah, I guess there's a reason most "sane" people are scared of Marathons... Even when you completely train to the best of your ability, the distance and impact on your body is significant enough that there can be unforseen problems.  Guess that's part of the thrill of it... Glad you didn't experience any more trouble than you did-  I think you did very well dispite the issues! It's got to feel pretty good that your legs felt like they could run still- And you know, there are tons of people (myself included) that would be tickled to run a marathon in 3:49...  I would be willing to bet that your next race will be without the chest pain if you stick to the same gels & hydrate better. 

The lessons learned from a race that doesn't go well is often more beneficial than one where it goes perfectly.  I figure you can't be called a "veteran" runner until you've had a few good ones AND a few that don't go as well.  You still kicked butt, and I'm glad nothing worse happened!  Keep on showing that pavement who's boss!

2006-05-13 8:35 PM
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Blaine, MN
Subject: RE: Ogden Marathon
glad too see you made it...  ive seen those people on the side of the road and it aint pretty...  glad it wasn't you..    Congrats.
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