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Races are interesting things. Lots of time you're by yourself, zoning out, in your head. Near the start, I was angst-ing, and I thought to God, "God, please let there be a meaning to life." A few minutes later, I saw a cluster of people ahead of me. And I saw a man on the ground, someone was lifting his legs, and someone else was doing CPR on him. I went ahead, there seemed to be enough people there, and someone was waving us on. Behind me, I heard a woman voiced what I was thinking, "If they're doing CPR..."

That sobered me up. I wondered when I passed him, was he dying? Is he dead? I still don't know.

For a large part of the race, I saw a woman using me as her backline. I walked most of the race, and just ambled along. Occasionally a song on my ipod will boost my pace. She would fall behind, see me, and then start running. Finally, near mile 5, she was like: "You're a fast walker! You keep catching up to me!" I laughed, and said, "I used to be like you, run walking... and the walkers would catch up with me. So I said, 'Screw it! I shouldn't waste the energy.'"

Towards the end I was catching up with a few people.. some of them who probably considered themselves runners, not walkers. And I had a negative split! 15:05/M for first half, and 14:44/M for second half. Andy met me near the finish line, and I ran the 0.2 mile. They called my name, and people cheered.

I was last in my age group (woo!). According to the Mcmillan calculator, the current pace estimates my marathon at 7:19. However, to finish the Marathon in 7 hours, I need to run each mile under 16:02. So.. this may be doable folks. I ran last year's in 7:20.. that's a 20 min improvement needed.

I'm starting to be okay being a walker... You may be faster then me, but at least I did the race. And, I'm not on the ground needing CPR.

Waddle on, folks!

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mdf356
Oct. 1st, 2006 03:50 pm (UTC)
I looked around for you but didn't see you before the race.

Good job on finishing. I always have goals for myself but I've gotten past the point where I'm disappointed if I don't make them. After seeing some of the horrible things that happen to people on a race, if I get to the finish line under my own power and I'm not bleeding much, it was a success.

Not that I wouldn't like to run 7 minute miles.

Cheers,
Matt
willowspillow
Oct. 1st, 2006 03:58 pm (UTC)
It's totally fine being a walker, methinks. This comes from someone who can't run, hates running, but walks like a pack mule in a straight line wherever you point her. This is also why I'm doing 350km across northern Spain this month :-) The thing is just to finish, it doesn't matter how long it takes as long as you get there.

Go girl!
fritz_et_al
Oct. 2nd, 2006 03:12 am (UTC)
I always wonder what's going to pop into my head during a long run; desires, hopes, fears, angst on stuff that I've done wrong; anger towards things done wrong to me that I usually supress.

Towards the end of the first time when I ran 16 miles; I think I hit the wall. Toward the end of my run the only thing going through my head was: "please help."

My first marathon is in exactly four weeks (well... minus a few hours). Wish me luck!
ripresa
Oct. 2nd, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
Good luck!
Slow and steady wins the race.. it's easy to get caught up in the euphoria in the beginning of the race.. so don't go too fast or you'll pay for it later.
fritz_et_al
Oct. 2nd, 2006 03:48 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, I know that well! :) After two 10 milers, two half marathons, and a 30K, I can absolutly agree with that old wisdom: every min/mile too fast in the beginning will cost you two miles/min at the end.

I used to get shin splints and ITBS during my training runs if I started them at anything faster than a 11 mile/min pace. I actually charted it out: if I started off at 10 min/mile I would end up at 14 min/mile and average 12. If I started off at 12 I would end at ~9 and average ~10. :)
indywind
Oct. 2nd, 2006 06:04 pm (UTC)
No matter your finnish time, needing CPR at any point disqualifies it from being a "good race". Here's to not needing CPR.
loafoflove
Oct. 10th, 2006 05:35 pm (UTC)
The last race I was in, someone collapsed and got CPR and mouth-to-mouth, and later died. Sorry to be morbid.
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