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I suppose I can come out of hiding for this...<br><br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Race Report:</span> <b>Boston</b> <b>Prep 16 Miler.</b><br><i>January 27th, 2008</i><br><br><b>DERRY</b><b>, NH</b> <b>–</b> This morning I participated in my 2nd <b>Boston Prep 16 Miler</b> race. The <a href="http://www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=98829" target="_blank">race course</a> is billed as moderately challenging. It has 1,184 vertical feet of climbing, and 2,342 feet of elevation change (numbers according to the USATF). Moderately challenging is under the best of conditions. Today was far from the best of conditions for any of the runners. It was even worse for me.<br><br>
Race morning broke with a light snow falling. It wasn’t supposed to accumulate though, so I thought it was just going to be a coating of snow on the streets. That did not pan out however. The light snow continued and by the time the race began, the snow covered the streets. The temperature was in the mid 20s with light winds, which was so much better than last year’s 10 degrees with wind chills below 0. However the snow made the streets very slick.<br><br>
All of the racers had to deal with the snow though, so I figured it would slow down most of us, so I put the weather out of my mind. What I couldn’t put out of my mind however was the pain in my lower back. Early Sunday morning I got out of bed to use the bathroom, and while in the bathroom I lost consciousness and collapsed. For those of you who know me well, you’re not imagining things, that’s the 2nd time this year that has happened to me.<br><br>
Anyway, during the process of falling to the floor, I banged the right side of my lower back into the vanity. There are no visible signs of bruising, but it feels like I might have bruised a kidney or something like that. This made it painful for me to walk or bend. Running compounded the pain, especially on flat and downhill terrain. Climbing hills felt better, but still not like I normally do.<br><br>
Before the race started, I was fortunate enough to meet up with Flobear. She was in town for the race, and this was the first time I had a chance to meet her in person. We've talked running on a couple of running websites for a long time. <b>It was really great to meet her</b>. We walked to the starting line together.<br><br>
The race started about 20 minutes late. Eventually, the race did start. The first few steps of the race were the absolute worst. I was in a lot of pain with the back. I was well off the pace that I knew I was capable of running under normal circumstances. Runners were passing me like I was standing still.<br><br><b>MILE 1, 10:32. HR: 148, AvgHR: 148</b> I hit the mile 1 marker in 10:32 with a heart rate of 148 and an average heart rate for that mile of 148. Most of this mile is flat or downhill, and I felt it in my back. I knew it was going to be a long day for me if I was to finish the race.<br><br><b>MILE 2, 09:00. HR: 147, AvgHR: 146</b> This mile was mainly flat and downhill. It caused the back to scream at me, and I seriously thought about taking a DNF during this mile. I just didn’t think I could handle this for 14 more miles.<br><br><b>MILE 3, 09:04. HR: 145, AvgHR: 141</b> Another mainly flat and downhill mile. I was hurting pretty badly. People were passing me left and right still, but I knew there was nothing I could do.<br><br><b>MILE 4, 08:52. HR: 145, AvgHR: 145</b> Still painful. Heart rates of 145 are very low for me for a run like this, but it was as fast as I could get the body to go with as little discomfort as possible.<br><br><b>MILE 5, 09:16. HR: 160, AvgHR: 154.</b> This mile was the first mile that gave me much hope. First, it finished on a climb, as you can tell with the heart rate. Second, as I was climbing, I was passing other runners like crazy. More importantly, the pain in my back was much less when I was climbing. I knew that the later miles involved a lot of climbing, so I felt this might be okay.<br><br><b>MILE 6, 09:06.7. HR: 152, AvgHR: 148.</b> This mile had a long downhill to it, and it was pretty painful for me. Most of the runners I had passed on the climb went right back by me. When I hit the mile 6 marker, I had my first Gu energy gel.<br><br><b>MILE 7, 09:21.4. HR: 142, AvgHR: 148.</b> Another quite sore mile for me. I really was feeling it.<br><br><b>MILE 8, 09:06.8. HR: 147, AvgHR: 147.</b> As I got to the halfway point, I really wondered if I could finish the race. I know under normal circumstances, a 16 mile run is no problem for me. This was no ordinary day.<br><br><b>MILE 9, 09:09.9. HR: 144, AvgHR: 148.</b> As I got to the mile 9 marker, I felt some relief. I knew that the next few miles had some serious climbing in them. To most runners that sounds bizarre, but to me, it is what was going to help me through.<br><br><b>MILE 10, 09:28.9. HR: 150, AvgHR: 153.</b> This mile had some climbing in it, and it made me feel better. I went by several runners, and the pain diminished in the back, at least until the course flattened out.<br><br><b>MILE 11, 9:14.4. HR: 172, AvgHR: 155.</b> The first half of this mile was downhill, and it hurt like hell. The second half of the mile was climbing, and that felt so much better. I was able to pass a bunch of runners.<br><br><b>MILE 12+13, 18:50.2. HR: 155, AvgHR: 160.</b> I missed the mark at mile 12, but most of mile 12 was climbing, and felt great. I continued to pass many runners on the climb. But as mile 13 started, the course flattened out, and it hurt worse than I had at any point during the race.<br><br><b>MILE 14, 8:41.1. HR: 154, AvgHR: 156.</b> Again, this part of the course was flat, and I hurt more than I had during the early part of the race.<br><br><b>MILE 15, 9:22.9. HR: 155, AvgHR: 155.</b> During this mile, I was running with a woman who noticed some kids on the road. The kids seemed confused to why we were out there. The woman said out loud “They must be wondering why we’re out here today.” I said to her “I’ve been asking myself that same question for 14 and a half miles.” She laughed. But I was serious. Mile 15 hurt.<br><br><b>MILE 16, 8:51.3. HR: 160, AvgHR: 153.</b> The finish of the race was slightly uphill. I was glad of that. I was glad it was over. At the finish, a course worker asked me “How are you doing today?” I told her “I’ve had better days.” At least I had finished.<br><br>
Officially, I finished the race in 2:27:47 or a 9:15 average mile. By my watch I was about 10 seconds slower, but whatever. Officially I finished 411th out of 654. I was very disappointed by the result, but proud that I was able to deal with the pain and finish the race.<br><br>
As for the race itself, the organization does a nice job manning the course with volunteers. They had people on the course to point runners in the right direction. There were plenty of staff at the water/Gatorade stations. There was food at the end, although I didn’t bother to get any. I just wanted to sit there and see if I could get my back to stop hurting.<br><br>
Last year, the race gave away finishers medals. This year, they gave away something much more useful. It’s a nice winter head-band (I don’t know what they are actually called). I’ll say this, I’m much more likely to use that than I am a finishers medal. I’m also willing to bet that the medal costs the same as the head-band, so I’m glad the race director had the idea to provide something I will actually use.<br><br>
This race is well done. I have no doubt that if I am healthy next year, I will compete in the race again.<br><br>
Below is the run report for today’s race. Due to the conditions and the back pain, I have opted to not put these miles in as Race Pace miles like I normally would.<br><br>
Thanks for reading. Sorry that it wasn’t a better report. I think I’ll go take some Advil and see if I can get rid of this pain in my back.<br><br>
EQ43
 

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<b>Daily Run Report</b><br><br><b>Date:</b> 01/27/2008 <b>Time:</b> 10:20<br><b>Run Type:</b> Race<br><b>Distance:</b> 16.0 miles<br><b>Total time:</b> 02:34:42.2 <b>Average Per Mile:</b> 00:09:14.8<br><b>Course:</b> <a href="http://www.usatf.org/routes/view.asp?rID=98829" target="_blank">OTHER COURSE</a><br><b>Max HR (for entire workout):</b> 178<br><b>Average HR:</b> 150<br><b>Shoes:</b> Mizuno Wave Rider 10 - 01/2008 <b>Date Entered Service:</b> 01/04/2008 <b>Ending Mileage:</b> 118.0<br><b>Weather:</b><br><b>Temperature:</b> 25 <b>Temperature Type:</b> Ambient Air <b>Time:</b> Start<br><b>Temperature:</b> 28 <b>Temperature Type:</b> Ambient Air <b>Time:</b> End<br><b>Dew Point:</b> 24 <b>Time:</b> Start<br><b>Dew Point:</b> 27 <b>Time:</b> End<br><b>Wind speed:</b> 0 <b>Max Gust:</b> 8 <b>Direction:</b> NNE<br><br>
I did the Boston Prep 16 miler in Derry, NH today.<br><br>
It was terrible for me. Last night I collapsed in the bathroom and crashed my back into the vanity. It feels like I may have bruised a kidney or something like that.<br><br>
Running uphill was fine, but downhill or flat terrain was terribly painful.<br><br>
It was also snowing. There was about half an inch on the streets for the run.<br><br>
Glad I finished. I was about 5 minutes slower than last year.<br><b>Run Segments<br>
Name Time Distance AvgMile HR AvgHR Total Time</b><br>
Mile 1 00:10:32.0 1.0 00:10:32.0 148 148 00:10:32.0<br>
Mile 2 00:09:00.0 1.0 00:09:00.0 147 146 00:19:32.0<br>
Mile 3 00:09:04.0 1.0 00:09:04.0 145 141 00:28:36.0<br>
Mile 4 00:08:52.0 1.0 00:08:52.0 145 145 00:37:28.0<br>
Mile 5 00:09:16.0 1.0 00:09:16.0 160 154 00:46:44.0<br>
Mile 6 00:09:06.7 1.0 00:09:06.7 152 148 00:55:50.7<br>
Mile 7 00:09:21.4 1.0 00:09:21.4 142 148 01:05:12.1<br>
Mile 8 00:09:06.8 1.0 00:09:06.8 147 147 01:14:18.9<br>
Mile 9 00:09:09.9 1.0 00:09:09.9 144 148 01:23:28.8<br>
Mile 10 00:09:28.9 1.0 00:09:28.9 150 153 01:32:57.7<br>
Mile 11 00:09:14.4 1.0 00:09:14.4 172 155 01:42:12.1<br>
Mile 12+13 00:18:50.2 1.0 00:18:50.2 155 160 02:01:02.3<br>
Mile 14 00:08:41.1 1.0 00:08:41.1 154 156 02:09:43.4<br>
Mile 15 00:09:22.9 1.0 00:09:22.9 155 155 02:19:06.3<br>
Mile 16 00:08:51.3 1.0 00:08:51.3 160 153 02:27:57.6<br>
Recov-1 00:06:44.6 0.0 00:00:00.0 116 127 02:34:42.2
 

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Good to see ya, <b>EQ</b>. Congrats on the good race, even though you were hurting!
 

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Yes, you can come out of hiding for this.<br><br>
I'm sorry it wasn't the result you wanted. Tough day! But good for you for persevering and finishing what you started.
 

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Nice to see you <b>EQ</b>!<br><br>
I don't think you have anything to be ashamed of here - that sounds like the kind of pain that would have kept others from running at all. But you perservered and got in the miles - kudos to you<br><br>
I hope that you heal up from the back injury, and I certainly hope the episode that caused it isn't something that's a long-term issue for you
 

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It was a difficult day to run a training run, I would hate to have to try to race in it. Add to that a sore back, be proud of yourself for completing the race!<br><br>
EQ - I hope you get that losing consciousness checked into. That is NOT healthy. You could have hit your head, which would have been much worse. Take care of you!
 

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Oh, my...you win the prize for running a race through such adversity. And I thought I was suffering! Bravo for such a brave effort. Now...take care of yourself. Recover well, and get this "loss of consciousness" thingie taken care of.<br><br>
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Interesting race report. Kind of scary passing out! This happened to my husband once, but he hit his head. Better get it checked out, especially if this is the second incident. yikes!
 

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EQ, I was wondering if you made the transition to here. I've been out of touch and running for 9 months. I am just ending my 3rd week of running. It's been hard getting the lungs and legs back in shape.<br><br>
Way to gut that run out! <img alt="icon_salut.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_salut.gif">
 

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EQ - great report. You always do a nice job with your race reports. It is amazing that you put yourself through the pain. What courage you displayed to push through to the end.
 

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Again EQ, great job out there yesterday! I'm super proud of you for finishing as strong as you did...and please, take care of the passing out thing, that is scary!<br><br>
Oh, and the bread, a-m-a-z-i-n-g! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Great job.
 

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Yay Kevin!<br><br>
16 miles in pain? Huh. Yeah, okay, I'm impressed. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
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Sorry we missed you dude. My group finished around 2:31. We were the knuckle heads who ran the course Twice Yesterday and made a lot of noise yucking it up during the race. Good times. Sorry your injury kept you from having as fun a time as you normally would have.<br><br>
Rest up and heal well!
 

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Kevin,<br>
Was wondering where you have been. You are tough to be able to run through so much pain. Please have that passing out thing looked into..low blood pressure maybe?<br><br>
Don't be hiding so much either, look for some of us old boogers in chat on the weekends (#coolrunning room) <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
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Hi Kevin!!!!!<br><br>
What the heck was up with that fall? I hope you can figure out what went on and prevent it from happening again. That is scary stuff. Heal up fast bro.<br><br><br>
ps. reading your splits, apart from the text you posted, i thought it was a pretty good race with a pretty good outcome <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Nice job in toughing it out EQ.<br><br>
And on a side note - Leslie shared some of your bread with me today. Awesome stuff, thanks! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Doooode<br>
I was there too. I meant to put a note out to see who was around but got side tracked. Not to mention, I thought it was an 11 o'clock start so the extra 20 minutes at the start allowed me to do at least some of the <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><span>necessary</span></span> pre-race 'rituals'.<br><br>
Sorry to hear you had some pain...that race is painful enough. (My 6th time running it).<br>
Hope you're healing up and back at it full strength soon enough.<br>
Congrats on bangin' out another 16 in Derry.<br><br>
Cheers
 

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This appears to be the only shot they got of me during the race. I could have sworn I saw the camera man at the finish and at mile 13, but there are no pictures of me there however:<br><br><img alt="" src="http://home.gis.net/~ryetman/images/bostonprep08.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 
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