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I’m not sure where I will land yet, I don’t really have time to keep up with both forums, for now, I will post this RR in both places.<br><br>
These are a series of low-key races corresponding with most holidays. The race director puts these races on to make a little extra spending money. They are run on narrow country roads with no traffic control. The main features are lots of maniacs, and lots of junk food at the finish. So many maniacs run these races that the maniacs got the course certified a couple years ago.<br><br>
I knew I shouldn’t run it; my heel has been really sore since the Seattle marathon 3 weeks ago. I’ve done very little running since Seattle for that reason, the weather was promising rain and wind.<br><br>
On the other hand, Evanflein, Soundrunner, and Srlopez were going to be there, If I finished this, it would give me 12 marathons in the year. (That number just sounds more symmetrical than 11, and Maniacs are not known for common sense. So I found myself driving the 60 miles or so toward Olympia Sunday morning.<br><br>
The promised wind and rain didn’t arrive until about 4 hours after the start. Temp was probably about 40º by that time, if anyone was still running the wind was at their back.<br><br>
I started the race running with Evanflein. Sounder was running the ½ and started out way faster. Since the course is an out and back you get to see everyone. Sounder was still looking speedy on the return, SR had done the early start so I soon saw him heading back at a good pace.<br><br>
At the ½ turn, I was still running moderately strong and was surprised to see that I was close to Evanflein. But then the wheels started to come off. My left heel started to really bother me, forcing a limp, causing my right leg to do more of the work, my pace kept dropping, by mile 20 I was walking ¼, running ¾, by mile 23 my right calf and hamstring were cramping and I was walking ¼, shuffling ¾.<br><br>
There was never any doubt that I would finish, but I am not used to being out there that long. Of the 12 marathons I have done this year, this was the hardest. I was glad to see the finish line. But now I am off to the elliptical for a while until I can get this thing healed up.<br><br>
The good news? Today my foot doesn’t really hurt anymore than it did at the start so I don’t think I really damaged anything.<br><br>
Dave MM505
 

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Glad to hear you're feeling better, take care of that foot! Personally, I have never run a marathon where I felt the greatest risk was getting hit by a speeding pickup truck... this one was a little scary at times. Sure amazing how the weather held off till the end though.<br>
Yeah on #12! Now take care and hit the elliptical for awhile.
 

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Hi Dave! 1 marathon a month, that is just amazing to me. Glad you got thru that last one and hope that your heal gets better soon. Larry
 
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