NO FN LN OVERALL DIVPL SEXPL CHIP TIME 5K 10K HALF 30K 20 MILE TIME PACE 4726
Seth Jayson 782 92/745 630/4803 3:24:17 24:12 48:03 1:40:46 2:24:51 2:35:24 3:27:30 7:48 F2912
Jennifer Jayson 2331 109/572 546/3190 3:53:14 26:30 53:12 1:53:00 2:43:12 2:55:32 3:57:03 8:54
Unreal. Was about 40 degrees at the start, a bit windy, cloudy. Rain began softly around mile 2-3. Saw Alan Page playing his tuba on a street corner shortly thereafter. By about mile 4 or so, it was raining pretty hard and from 5 to 10 it was a real live thunderstorm with lightning, wind, and a ton of rain. I have never run through such a heavy storm. (I've bike through worse 2x, but one of those was only for 20 minutes or so).
Then it got really cold and windy. Our feet weighed about 2 pounds more. Just about the half marathon point, my shoes (which had been double knotted) came untied. I stopped to try and get them secured, really annoyed because I knew I was on the edge of hitting goal no. 2 (sub 3:20). It took me forever to get them tied. My cold fingers didn't work, but what was really scary was that my brain didn't work. I could tell I was getting a bit hypothermic, something that happens to me pretty easily as I have lots of surface area but mass, not so much. I had no hat, but a long sleeve shirt (drenched) and light shorts.
I slowed the pace a bit and began taking powerade at just about every spot just to jam calories in. Rain had stopped by about mile 18. By mile 20, I actually felt warm, or at least, not freezing. But it was getting tougher to move my legs. Couple of minor annoying hills to mile 23, where my bro was out with his dog. Deke barked like crazy for me. I could hear him a quarter mile behind me. I felt pretty decent by this point, but didn't know just how fast I could ramp it up to the finish, not knowing if the legs would give out completely or not. I haven't run one of these since I was 14, for cripes' sake.
Felt pretty good at the end, ran 6:20 or so for the last half mile or more. In the chute, I had like full body shiver/spasm going. Figured I was either having electrolyte imbalance issues, or major shivers. Turned out to be the latter. 10 minutes in a warm tent, some hot broth, dry shirt and sweats, and the legs stopped doing the Mexican jumping bean act. Shivered a bit for another hour, but I wasn't dizzy anymore.
Then my wife calls, about 10 minutes or more before I expected her through. She's already at the meeting point. I was pretty bummed, because I figured the only way she got there that quickly was if she'd had troubles and had to drop out and catch the sag wagon. But no, she just ran about 7 minutes faster than her goal, and a full 10 or 15 minutes faster than I expected given the really tough conditions. In short, she kicked some major a$$ in her first marathon ever.
Crowd support was amazing the entire way. Thanks, Minneapolis and St. Paul! People were out in the worst of the downpour along the entire route, cheering like crazy. The hashers gave me a beer just before 19, which I took because I am a hasher. But the bitter taste was a huge boost after several hours of sugary powerade and clif gels.
Main goal was to finish. Goal 2 was to do it in less than 3: 30 (chip time. I wasn't allowed into the first chute, as I hadn't been able to find a qualifying half marathon in the summer in D.C.) For a while, I thought I might be able to get the sub 3:20, but with the rain, wind, and a bit of hypothermia, it'll have to wait for another day.
Thanks for the well wishes in the other thread. If I look a bit dazed and scrawnier than usual on Fool video next week, it's only because I am.