Life, Running, & Medicine.
Notes on life as I see it.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

This Man did it!

At just under five hours I finished my first marathon today. Chicago
was a bit warm, and sunny, leading many to jump ship and some to get
carted off. I can't say I'm super happy with my time but am
satisfied, and it certainly gives me something to improve upon.
The frst half went great - as planned - averaging a 9:30 pace.
Starting about mile 16 though things slowed down drastically. I
started hitting every water stop, walking through the stops. My run
became a shuffle and had to outright stop twice to stretch cramps out.
Finishing though was great, as was able to catch enough wind to finish
the last 1/4 strong. BTW have never felt so much muscle pain before.
What a blast! Now I'm preocupied looking for next year's.

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JonathanMarathonMan said...

Good job DOC... Try carrying some TUMS to take when you get cramps. Also, a salt tablet with water before the race and every hour for the first 2 hours. Ice baths afterwards help. You may struggle with stairs for a day or two. Look for a 4:30 or better next time then down to 4 hours etc. Check out my blog from time to time. I plan on putting a list of tips on there for new marathon runners, Bets Wishes,

Matthew Barrowclough said...

Nice job. If you are racing hard then you should be trashed at the finish. Antacids work really well for crampy stomachs. I always got them when I ran races. Now I just snicker at you runners when I ride my bike fast by you =)