Top 10 things not to do for this year’s Marine Corps Marathon (I did all these last year including ending up in an AMBULANCE) PART 2

This is my second part of the Top 10 list of things that I hope not to repeat at the 2011 Marine Corps Marathon.  Enjoy!

10) Don’t forget that there is a tent at the end of the race with killer “MCM Finisher” gear
9) Don’t walk around the city to go sightseeing before the race (there is a lot of walking in DC)
8) Don’t try to walk the entire city after the race (It was sure funny watching me walk up the steps in the capital building)
7) Don’t go to a fancy food place the night before and order a expensive meal that only has very little food….. I don’t get it.. the more it cost the less you get
6) Don’t forget to wear your race number on the front of you…. They don’t get any good pics of you if you wear your number on your butt….
5) Don’t forget to bring your socks that you normally train with because new socks on race day can cause blisters during the race, plus they were $18
4) Don’t change your fueling strategy for your marathon if you have never tried it before
3) Don’t forget to write down your emergency contact information on the back of your bib
2) Don’t abandon your race plan 5 min before the gun goes off
1) Make sure you hydrate properly so you don’t end up in an Ambulance after the race

 Thank you guys so much for checking out the first part of the top 10, If not feel free to check it out by clicking here ->  Part 1.  

 Now let’s finish out this top 10!!!!

5) Don’t forget to bring your socks that you normally train with because new socks on race day can cause blisters during the race, plus they were $18

I am sure everyone is not like this… but I normally pack last minute….  (please don’t say anything wonderful GF of mine… I know what you’re thinking) well…. Last year I forgot to bring my favorite pair of running socks… these are the socks I trained with every long run… my favorite pair… and I LEFT Them.  Well thank you to the Expo, I was able to find a similar pair with an 80% markup (well this place didn’t list the prices of the socks in a viewable spot, so I didn’t know that till I check out).  These socks were great and fuzzy and soft and NOT BROKEN IN.  So right as I was running through Georgetown (mile 8-9) the blisters started, and by the time I finished I had 2 large 2 inch blisters on each foot. 

4) Don’t change your fueling strategy for your marathon if you have never tried it before

There is a problem with asking multiple people for advice…  they all have good advice!!! During the typical long run I have a strategy that I normally use every single time, but being “green” to this world of marathons I started asking questions.  And I got answers!  One of my best buddies told me that I just need to keep eating during the whole race, the people at the Gu tent said “every 3-4 miles”, another person said every water stop.  So I chose a combination of them ALL!  The entire race I FELT FULL!!!  So word of advice… don’t change your plan the weekend of the race.

Game plan for this year: Start off with an XS Shot and Endurance Gummies before the race, during the race I will be using  Accel 2nd Surge Ultra Energy Gel, at mile 18 I will take some Rhodiola to help push me through the final miles. 

3) Don’t forget to write down your emergency contact information on the back of your bib

I am going to continue this one down below.. it goes along with the #1 thing not to do at this year’s Marine Corps Marathon.  But when the medical people looking into further details on who to contact while your semi responsive… you need to give them something to check.  They don’t have the time to look up your name, compare it against the list…. Blah blah blah!  Just do it!

2) Don’t abandon your race plan 5 min before the gun goes off

Last year’s game plan: Stay with the 3:10 group and BQ (Boston Qualify)

What really happened: Ran into a friend 5 minutes before the start of the race and she says, “hey just run with me!” and I was dumb enough to do it! 

So the gun went off and we took off!  By the time we hit the mile 7 we were at a sub 2:45 or 2:50 pace, we were flying!  But then my lack of training kicked in!!!! (I really thought I trained a lot compared to the year before where I was running 3-5 times a month)  It’s not the best idea to try to BQ when you don’t have the natural distance talent and you only run 20-25-30 miles a week until the week before the race where you get excited and kick it up to 60 miles (I was soooo thinking I was going to smoke this race) Well the first part was great! I came across the halfway point at 1:30.  But by mile 16 it started to kick in, After that I don’t remember even seeing the buildings nearby, it all turned into a blur, A painful blur.  And by the time I crossed the bridge I started walking.  All I could think of is “THIS IS THE DUBMEST THING I HAVE EVER DONE” well.. I finally finished… slowly and painfully finished, but ill finish that part below. (finish time 3:26)

1) Make sure you hydrate properly so you don’t end up in an Ambulance after the race

Well…  haha… where to start!  Well.. I am more of a short distance runner, and during a 5K I don’t have the time to stop for water so I normally just pass it by or have them throw it on me.   I made the mistake and kinda took the same strategy to the marathon.    Grab the cup, take a few sips and then toss it aside…  Well you can’t do that with hours of running and my body started to crumble by mile 16.   Dehydration pain I think is one of the worst pains out there!  By the time I hit the mile 18 water stop, I started walking through the stops, mile 21, I was walking a few min and then running a few minutes.  Mile 24 it was more walking than running..  But by the time I hit Mile 25 I knew I had to finish the race running. 

Luckily the finish line was lined with Marines, because as soon as I crossed the line I started run sideways from pure exhaustion and they caught me before I fell down.  They tried dragging me to the medical tent but I kept arguing that I was fine and wanted to get my medal. (They were nice enough to almost carry me over there).  After getting my medal I walked over to the grass and laid there for I don’t know how long (I might have even fallen asleep.) But after some time I finally decided that it was time to get up and get my stuff.   But as soon as I was 10 feet outside the finishers area I had to stop again and lay back down.  I just couldn’t go any further. 

Time starts to stand still or maybe It went super fast, I don’t have a clue… but the next thing I knew there was a Red Cross Team standing over me asking me questions, and of course being a guy, I start arguing with them also. 

They finally drug me over to the medic tent and the Navy Nurse Corps from Bethesda starts to do their thing.  By that time my pulse was so weak they had problems catching it, they started an IV bag, and called the Ambulance.    Next thing I know I was tied down to a stretcher and tossed into the back of an ambulance.  Thank goodness that the IV bag’s fluid started kicking in because we sat there in the parking lot right next to the medic tent for 20 minutes as they figured out which hospital they were going to take me to.  All the hospitals that were close by were already filled (that doesn’t sound good…).  At this point I started to freak out when I realized that I didn’t have my wallet, cell phone, no one knew where I was at, I didn’t have my insurance card, and I didn’t have money to take a taxi back from the hospital to the race to get my stuff.  I asked the EMT all these questions and his response to all those questions were “I don’t know”…   Next he told me that they were going to stack the ambulance 3 people deep.  After he said that I knew that it was my chance to get out of there.  So after some harsh negotiations and a few pieces of paper with my John Hancock on it I was a FREE MAN!!!!  And as I walked out of the Ambulance back into the medic tent, one of the nurses asked me how I felt.  All I said “I CANT WAIT TO BE BACK IN 2011!!!!” (the race not the medic tent)  and they all laughed… (kudos to them for doing a great job taking care of me)

So…. That my list of things not to do this year!  I really hope you enjoyed it and THANK YOU for taking the time to read it!  (and please dont do any of it…. )

And last but not least! Please help me hit my fundraising goal of $500 (just started).  All the money will go towards Support US Armed Forces a non profit that puts together deployment packages to assist families while thier spouses are deployed

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3 responses to “Top 10 things not to do for this year’s Marine Corps Marathon (I did all these last year including ending up in an AMBULANCE) PART 2

  1. Lazy Runner

    Thank you for reading this!!! 🙂

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