“At mile 20, I thought I was dead. At mile 22, I wished I was dead. At mile 24, I knew I was dead. At mile 26.2, I realized I had become too tough to kill.” Unknown
My Race in Numbers
Running the Boston marathon was an incredible experience! It was an honor to qualify and stand on the iconic start line.
I’ll be honest though, I’m disappointed with my performance.
Race Time: 3h 22min 14s
Ranking: 783 / 11,973 women finishers (top 6.5%)
I was aiming to run sub 3h15, to qualify for the much coveted VLM England championships entry. I trained hard for the last months. Having run two 1h30 half marathons in the weeks leading to the marathon, I was where I wanted to be training wise. The goal seemed realistic.
My Race and The Excuses
I was feeling fit and strong on the start line.
However, as soon as I stared running, my legs felt heavy and I knew deep down around the 10k mark that I didn’t have what it took to run at my target pace on the day. Even though I had started conservatively as per my race strategy, I just couldn’t pick up my pace as per my plan.
“In the first half of the race, don’t be an idiot. In the second half, don’t be a wimp!” Scott Douglas
It was a hot day (26C) and the heat (even though not extreme- I’ve run in far more extreme heat in the past…) was taking its toll on me. I’d just spent two weeks in freezing temperatures in Michigan – it actually snowed whilst we were there, so I really wasn’t heat acclimated. I felt thirsty the entire race. I realised early on and started hydrating as much as possible. I grabbed both an electrolyte and water cup in each hand at each station (only managing a few sips with the spillage due to running simultaneously), but it seemed I just couldn’t hydrate enough…
In addition, the undulating course, renown for its treacherous hills, was brutal on my body, with 4 hills in the second half of the race including the infamous Heartbreak hill at mile 20 (and it felt just as it’s named!).
“The marathon can humble you.” Bill Rodgers, winner of four Boston and four NYC Marathons
Finish and Next Step
I still managed to finish the race (phew!).
However, the little glitch is that I had to go to the Emergency Room afterwards. The race doctor wanted to take me in an ambulance to the closest hospital, but I refused as I could still walk. I regrouped with Rob and the Bears and we just walked together the extra mile to the closest hospital! I was diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis (RM). RM is a medical emergency, so that was definitely the right call to get treated, as it can cause serious problems with the kidneys or the heart. Basically, I worked so hard during the race that I broke too much muscle tissue, which was probably worsened with the dehydration. Even though I’m still under continuance care as I write this race report, I feel a lot better already 🙂
I feel I have let everyone rooting for me down, and I’m disappointed with myself with my results… Nevertheless, I’m still happy to have finished under the circumstances and I cling on to my medal with a smile.
This experience just makes me want to try again and push harder to reach my goal of a sub 3:15 marathon… There is always strength and value in failures… I won’t give up 🙂
All of this wouldn’t have been possible without the tremendous help from Will from 9 Endurance, my running coach, and Ali from Delta Nutrition & Fitness, my Strength & Conditioning coach who have both become true friends and mentors throughout the months of coaching!!
Also thanks to my partners CimAlp (running clothing), and to Totally Wonderfuel (powering me through all my training with their energy balls) for their continued support.
Of course I can’t thank enough my ever so supportive husband Rob, for always being there for me through all my wildness and madness, and my outstanding support crew (my three little Bears) for their encouragements (they were disappointed though that I didn’t win the race haha!) and for chasing me around the course in the heat!
Finally, thanks to everyone for the overwhelming number of messages of support and rooting throughout the race! I had tears in my eyes when I saw the hundreds of messages, each one of them definitely kept me going when the going got tough, and it did!
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