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8/19/2013 2:00:28 PM
Here's my race report I posted on facebook...had a blast. The runners and support crews were just amazing. The Pikes Peak Marathon is billed as "America's Ultimate Challenge." Today, I found out why. Running up a mountain to 14,115 feet and back down just isn't normal. I started running 2 1/2 years ago to lose a little weight and get back in shape...2,700 running miles, 2 marathons and 45 pounds lighter, I was ready for Pikes Peak. (except for an achilles tendon problem for the past few months) Got off to a good start...up, up and up I go. Kept a fairly comfortably pace to not get winded so early. All was going well until I got to tree line (a place where trees no longer grow due to the low level of oxygen). Well, I'm not a tree, but I don't do so well up there either. lol My pace slowed down more and more. The higher I went, the slower I was moving. A mile from the summit, I started to get dizzy, my eyes were super sensitive to light and I started to see bright flashes. Hmmmmm, definitely time to put it into turtle cruise control. Made it up to to the top (where there is 43% less oxygen in the air compared to sea level). I felt like I was on another planet. lol Sucked down some Gatorade and water and then down I went. I wanted to get back down below tree line as fast as I could. But now, my stomach was in knots and slowing me down while going down. Managed to deal with the issues and run hard going down. So hard I tripped 4 times...only going down once. But it was a sight to see. Went flying, mid-air and landed on my wrist and side. Just as I landed, I saw dirt and dust in front of my face fly up. Got back up, with a wrist that I can't move much and some abrasions on my hand, leg and hip. The good thing...nobody witnessed my mountain acrobat show. Dusted myself off and started running hard again. Pushed it all the way to the finish line and crossed at 8hrs 2 minutes and in 508th place out of 850. I'm no speed demon, but I still had a pulse and I finished! I was greeted by my wife and daughters who were screaming as I zipped across the finish line. What a welcome site. My victory drink...not water, not Gatorade, but a Lienenkugels beer. A huge thanks to my wife and daughters for their support over the years. No way I could have done this without their support. Also a huge thanks to my friends, neighbors and co-workers who have to listen to all of my running stories on a regular basis. A couple of them Anna Haiar & Janet Norris Edwards, have inspired me over the past couple of years to run. What a day! Oh interestingly enough, my achilles tendon gave me no problems whatsoever today...have no idea why. Lastly...funny quote of the day. After the race, I put on my Pikes Peak Marathon shirt and my youngest daughter commented, "Dad, you look like a Harlem Globetrotter!" Humor is such a wonderful thing...especially after running the Pikes Peak Marathon!
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