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Myrtle Beach Marathon - RunMarathon

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
United States
Myrtle Beach Marathon
58F / 14C
Total Time = 4h 34m 55s
Overall Rank = 565/974
Age Group = F50-54
Age Group Rank = 11/34
Pre-race routine:

Get up at 5:00 for the 7:00 race start, dress and lube up liberally and then eat a bagel with peanut butter and a banana and drink a bottle of Nuun and cold brew coffee. Use the bathroom at least 47 times.
Event warmup:

1 mile easy, then a half mile with a handful of strides for about 15 minutes of running.
  • 4h 34m 55s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 10m 29s  min/mile

I felt good about the event going into the race. Training went well. I enjoyed the training and was nailing the workouts, especially in the last month. In terms of training, I had the volume, the consistency and the speed work.

I had my plan and I felt like I could execute it but in the end, that did not happen. My brain said legs, go faster and my legs gave me the middle finger. I'm just really disappointed in myself.

The only odd thing about the race itself was that my neck got all jammed up. How does one's neck get messed up when running, especially when it has never happened before. About 2/3 through the race, I noticed that my neck felt really tight. It felt better when I looked just right in front of me -- like 6-10 feet in front of me. I tried to relax my neck and shoulders but that did not help. When I (finally) crossed the finish line, I did the arms up thing and looked at the clock and my neck kind of spasmed. I must have looked terrible because they put me in a chair and took me to the med tent (my first ever visit to a med tent) where they did nothing for my neck (didn't even look), just had me sit down and gave me some anti-nausia meds, took my vitals and let me go as soon as I drank some Gatorade. I said something to Kevin about it later and he confirmed that I did look pretty bad.
Post race
Event comments:

Well organized event.

Last updated: 2018-11-26 12:00 AM
04:34:55 | 26.2 miles | 10m 29s  min/mile
Age Group: 11/34
Overall: 34/974
Performance: Below average
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? No
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2019-03-04 8:39 AM

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Raleigh, NC area
Subject: Myrtle Beach Marathon

2019-03-04 10:09 AM
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Eugene, Oregon
Subject: RE: Myrtle Beach Marathon
Ouch! Sorry you had to go through that. My guess for the neck issue is maybe fatigue was causing you to carry arms higher than normal and it ended up irritating the nerves/ muscles there. Or maybe you'd sleep in a weird position and running/fatigue just kept aggravating it. Hope you're feeling better soon.
2019-03-06 9:37 AM
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I'm so sorry that the race didn't go as planned and trained. When things like that happen they are disappointing and frustrating, but i know you will bounce back and kill your next event!

Weird about the neck; as Karen said maybe you did something to it pre-race (like funny sleep) and it went on you during the marathon. 

2019-03-06 4:49 PM
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West Chester, Ohio
Subject: RE: Myrtle Beach Marathon

So sorry your neck jacked up on you mid-way through the race. Your training was awesome and consistently so. 

Glad your attitude is to shake it off and keep moving forward.


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