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4:42:14

In Life, Marathon on February 27, 2012 at 5:04 pm

That would be my unofficial finish time for the marathon. Slightly above my first goal of 4 hours, but well above my real goal of just plain finishing.

All in all, the race was a rather pleasant experience. The first half (about 14 miles) was lovely: It was slightly cool, and I was exactly on pace to finish in four hours. After 14, however, I did run into a few problems, which were actually not the problems I was expecting.

I had assumed that I would have knee problems at some point during the race. My knees have been a wreck for the past few months, and I fully expected my legs to give out at some point during the race. Surprisingly, I never had any trouble just putting one foot in front of the other, and the only thing that kept me from running was a discomfort of a different kind.

I have been practicing doing my long runs with periodic snacks, consisting of gluten free snack bars I purchased on Amazon. These were giving me the energy to keep moving, but I I ran into a different problem: stomach cramps. Basically, I was eating TOO MUCH food, and my tummy wasn’t happy with me. I got some helpful suggestions from my coworkers, and I think in the future I’ll be able to avoid that with Gatorade and energy gels (apparently, I didn’t look hard enough when searching for gluten-free energy gels – oops).

Another surprise was my general maneuverability on Monday. I’d heard so many horror stories about not being able to move or walk the day after, and despite stomach cramps and previous knee pain, I managed to wake up Monday feeling pretty fine. I even managed to fly home in coach without any problems! Not sure how I managed that, but I’m certainly not complaining about it.

That being said, I have no idea when the next time I run a marathon will be. I am signed up for the lottery to get into the 2012 NYC Marathon this year, which I doubt I’ll get a slot with. I will also enter the lottery for the 2013 NYC Marathon, which I also doubt I will get a spot in. If I am also denied for 2013, I will be guaranteed a spot in the 2014 NYC Marathon (This is a process that they recently announced is being phased out – I’m in the last group of people who will be able to take advantage of that method of entry). So basically, it’s most likely I won’t run another marathon until November, 2014.

Not to say that I’m going to be slacking off. This morning, I started a new exercise regimen with the intention of building up some muscle. You see, I just signed up to do the Tri-State Tough Mudder, and it’s time for me to bulk up. I have absolutely no idea how difficult this is going to be, and I’m not really sure why I decided to do it, but it sounds like fun, and I’m looking forward to it. I’ll keep you posted on that!

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