Monday, December 5, 2011
2011 Las Vegas Marathon: Crash and Burn
I know better. I am upset with myself. I should have trained for an afternoon long run. I gave others that advice and I did not follow it myself. I should have trained an afternoon long so I could see what the nutrition should be. I found out the hard way what it should not. I am embarrassed and I am upset. I have a new marathon PR but its no where near what it should be. NO WHERE NEAR. I began trouble at 4 miles, heart burn and curling stomach. By mile 10 my knee was hurting but I was able to use mechanics to get through that and it wasnt a factor. At mile 14 I was only 5 min slower than expected. Then the bottom fell out. My stomach turned into knotts, my abs, my back, my quads, my hip flexors, my calves, and my toes cramped. My race came tumbling down. I have had long run after long run with absolutely no cramping or digestive issues. I think it was the smoothie I had for lunch. TOO MUCH SUGAR. I ran walked the second half. 2:10 for the first half and 3:05 for the second half. 5:14. A 9 min PR but a horrible result after the training would support much faster. The cold didnt help. The cold rain didnt help. The walkers I had to weave through didnt help. This was just not my day. I had great training, I had a great plan, I just had a bad night. Thanks to my wife for supporting me through thick and thin. Thanks to Karl for putting me in the right position, thanks to people like chuck and the other commenters for your continued support.