1. The marathon used chip timing, but instead of the typical chip that you put on your shoelaces, it was attached to a plastic wristband similar to the ones you get at events/concerts/open bars/etc that you can’t remove without cutting. They told us to put it on either our wrist or our ankle. I opted for ankle, because a) I didn’t want another wrist line tan (thank you, Road ID) and b) I figured it would be closer to the mats and have less chance of messing up. What they didn’t warn us was that the plastic would cut into our skin as we ran (and mine wasn’t too tight – it was just from kind of bouncing around as I ran). During the race I kept stopping to try to adjust it and get it to stop digging into me, but I never got it to be comfortable. And now it’s decidedly painful because I have a few big cuts and a lot of irritated skin.
2. The aid stations ran out of water at mile 16. No cups, no water… just a lot of empty jugs. Eventually someone had hit on the idea of filling up the empty jugs at neighboring houses, so it was really only one aid station that was missing water (but the stations were every 2 miles, not every mile, so that was 4 miles without water). However, they were still cupless, so the volunteers were handing us the jugs and having us drink directly out of them. When it’s a choice between germs and dehydration, I chose germs. But again, I am now paying the price. I have a nasty sore throat that makes my voice really raspy when it comes out at all, and it sounds like I’m croaking. And I’m fairly congested too. Hopefully this will get better fast.
3. I ran a marathon. It was hilly. Legs are sore. Enough said.
The moral of the story is, don’t run marathons – they will kick your butt in more ways than you can imagine!
That said, the new question is… should I go to Alberta to do the Calgary Marathon this weekend?
It will only cost me about $300 in out of pocket expenses for a cross-country roundtrip flight, hotel, rental car, and entry fee. When else can I travel so cheaply?
Two marathons in two weeks would be so hardcore! And I would qualify to join the Marathon Maniacs.
It’s supposed to be a flat and fast course (this from runners who have done it in the past, not from race directors who always call their courses flat and fast no matter if it’s true or not).
Weather report shows a high of 78 with 0% chance of precipitation.
I could hopefully PR, since I seem to be in better shape than Burlington and this course isn’t nearly as difficult as Seafair. And they have 4:00 and 4:15 pace bunnies!
My friend Danny lives in Alberta and maybe I could get together? I haven’t seen him in a year!
The Calgary Stampede is going on so there would be a lot of excitement in town.
I’ll only be there for 24 hours – kind of a long trip for just a short visit.
My legs are sore still – but I’ll hopefully be fine by the weekend?
If this cold doesn’t go away, it would probably make my running suck.
I haven’t been in NYC for more than a few hours since May… it’d be nice to get back. On the other hand, I’ll still be there Wednesday night through Saturday morning, and next weekend I’ll be there Thursday through Saturday… and after that I’ll be sitting around my apartment all day until I can get staffed.
I’m moving apartments on Thursday, which could be tiring. I hired movers to do the big stuff (furniture, TV), and I’m just moving within my apartment complex so I’ll have carts and won’t really have to lift stuff… but it still probably won’t qualify as a good way to rest up for the race.
Advice, please! Need to get this booked tonight if I’m going.