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It was a good day to race and a good expo. I met a lot of people who are working for races and have good products. I got to talk to the Louisville Sports Commission about the Urban Bourbon Race in October.
Amy ran a PR for the KDF Mini. Last year we ran it together, and had a good time. This year she wanted to run it solo, so I decided to run the Full.
I would like to thank several people:
The short rundown of the race:
Everything went really well for the first 23.5 miles. I followed my race plan, and it was working well. The heat of the day became unbearable and I chose to walk from mile 23.5 to mile 26. I jogged across the line and went straight to the first aid tent. Where they gave me ice packs to cool down and tried to get me hydrated enough to get home. It worked, and we were able to still go and chaperone prom.
At Blue Ridge Marathon in 2012 I passed out running at mile 22 from dehydration. I had tried to hydrate the whole run, but had pushed myself to hard and too far. I don’t remember much after mile 22. My last memory was asking a race official if I was going to make the cut off time, and he told me I could walk from there and still make it. I was told I was asked to stop by a paramedic, and I wouldn’t. I was escorted all the way in by 2 guys on bikes. I finished, they started an IV and had me in an ambulance when I realized what was going on. The look of terror on Amy’s face when they misdiagnosed me with a heart attack still makes me feel guilty. On the ride home I promised her I wouldn’t take unnecessary risks. If I had kept running Saturday, I would have had another hospital trip or a real cardiac event.
I know where my physical limit is with dehydration because of the BRM. I managed the last 3 miles to make sure I finished the marathon. I ended up getting a PR with 5 hours and 31 minutes and 25 seconds. I would have broken 5:30:00 if I hadn’t stopped to pee. You have to realize to do endurance running you have a support group around you that makes as many or more sacrifices as you do, but they are doing it for you. You can’t let them down by being reckless.