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29th annual Marine Corps Marathon - Run

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Washington D.C., D.C.
United States
Marine Corps
81F / 27C
Total Time = 5h 10m 22s
Overall Rank = 10097/17000+
Age Group = 30 - 34 male
Age Group Rank = 1143/2772
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 0530, took a shower, got myself ready for the race and took the shuttle bus to the race

1 and 1/2 plain bagels, 1 small banana and a cup of coffee ninety minutes before the start of the race.
Event warmup:

1/2 hour of stretching - felt good.
  • 5h 10m 22s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 11m 51s  min/mile

129 male runners 31 years old didn't complete the run!!!
What would you do differently?:

Don't know why I can't get it through my dumb-ass thick skull. Have to, HAVE TO, hydrate better on the run. Drink EVERY 5 minutes, or at least every 1/2 mile, to prevent the cramps and back ache experiencing lately!!!
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Weather conditions (sunny - exceptionally hot (75 by 11:00 a.m. - 81 degrees by finish time)) and training snafu two weeks before the race (injury to right knee from TRT practice). SO dehydrated by mile 12 - had to start walking and mile time rose dramatically from around 9:30 pace to over 11 minutes!

Event comments:

Great race - no doubt about it. The weather and my training lapse two weeks before the event absolutely demolished my spirit and effort. Never have I know pain like that - why did it hurt to breathe like that? From running? Never have I felt like quitting something so badly. Without a doubt; the hardest, most physically demanding, emotional draining, mentally exhausting event I have ever done in my life!

Last updated: 2004-11-01 12:00 AM
05:10:22 | 26.2 miles | 11m 51s  min/mile
Age Group: 1143/2772
Overall: 10097/17000+
Performance: Bad
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 1
Physical exertion [1-5] 1
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2004-11-04 7:55 PM

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Subject: 29th annual Marine Corps Marathon

2004-11-04 8:43 PM
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Subject: RE: 29th annual Marine Corps Marathon

Hey Fargo,

I was there and probably saw you.  Just didn't know it was you.  Maybe next time.

It was a hot day for a marathon.  Sorry you had a rough outing.  Hope everything is back to normal now.


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