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TC marathon Jayson results

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.

TC marathon Jayson results


8 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On October 05, 2008 at 8:56 PM, APJ4RealHoldings (37.37) wrote:

Holy moly, both of you smoked me - I've only run 10ks & both of you obliterate my 10k time while running a long-term friggin marathon!  Sheesh. Even my best 10k was 58 minutes and seconds! Running is new to me, ran my first 10k April 2008! =D

Anyways, Bravo...

Kudos to both of you. 


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#2) On October 05, 2008 at 9:12 PM, Zanibel17 (91.74) wrote:

Congratulations!  That's quite an accomplishment.  I wish you'd said how you did when you last ran at 14.

My fastest time was in 2004 - 3:41:18.  It was December in Huntsville, Alabama at the Rocket City Marathon.  I missed qualifying for Boston by 1:18.  It was rainy and cold that day, too.

Distance running has helped me so much with mental discipline.  There are few things in life that match the mind-over-matter skills necessary for completing a marathon.  I really enjoy and remember each race.

Thanks for posting this.

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#3) On October 05, 2008 at 10:35 PM, TMFBent (99.19) wrote:

When I was 14, I finished in about 3:42 or 3:47 as I remember. I got hypothermia bad that time (Duluth in June) and it took me 17 minutes to walk the last mile. If not for my dad who was running with me then, I'd never have made it. They said my body temperature (they checked it through my yoohoo) was 92 degrees then. I was up and out of the medical tent 40 minutes later!

Thanks for the kind thoughts, folks. Now that I'm older and have to be much more careful with my training, I have a much deeper respect for the work it takes people to run races like these. I used to be able to just do whatever I wanted. Now I have to really pay attention. I had some health issues last year, and as of November last year, it was all I could do to run 5 miles at an 8:50 pace (at 93% heart rate!). Paying close attention to training and observing rest days is what helped me get to here. I hope to stay in this shape for a while. But I'll need to wait until the knees stop aching before I sign up for another one of these.


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#4) On October 05, 2008 at 11:11 PM, TMFLomax (89.33) wrote:

Congrats! Sorry about the rain, that sounds miserable. Obviously I make a terrible armchair meteorologist. 

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#5) On October 06, 2008 at 9:14 AM, dinodelaurentis (83.58) wrote:

i am awed, dude!!

i've lost 130 lbs. in the last 16 months. my Navy SEAL son got me started running in June and last week i ran 15 miles on tuesday.

First Time Ever.

since busting that i run 10 miles a day, 6 days a week. was running 6 miles a day. ran sprints saturday for the first time in 39 years.  been calling people up to brag. been telling the neighbors.

and then i read your last two posts!

you. are. a. bad. m@^#$F&(!%$g. Fool.

 i am awed.

run some more dude.

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#6) On October 06, 2008 at 6:36 PM, TMFBent (99.19) wrote:

Thanks Dino.

Sounds like you are really at it. Be careful you don't run too much. I wasn't running 60 miles weeks to train for this. Topped out in the 50s.

Keep at it.


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#7) On October 07, 2008 at 2:15 AM, saunafool (< 20) wrote:

Congrats Seth,

Send Jen kudos as well. Sounds like you both did great in the worst conditions possible. I looked up your times over the weekend, but I had no idea it was so bad out there.

Well, it is Minnesota; it could have snowed.


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#8) On October 07, 2008 at 12:27 PM, jesusfreakinco (28.18) wrote:


This makes me sick.  I have yet to break 4 hours and you make it seem like 3:30 was a walk in the park.  You are a STUD!

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