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Hi all,<br><br>
I'll post a full report when I get back to Boston. Just wanted to let you all know I posted what happened in the Sticky thread in the PRT.<br><br>
DNF at mile 12.7
 

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As promised, the full report<br><br><b>Equinox Marathon</b><br><i>Fairbanks, Alaska<br>
September 15th, 2007</i><br><br>
The dark grey skies loomed ominous over Fairbanks this morning as I prepared for my running of the 45th annual Equinox Marathon. The grey skies seemed to foreshadow the events that would unfold during the day perfectly. The short version of this report is ugly. The long version of this report is <b>really</b> ugly.<br><br><b>SHORT VERSION</b>: I ended up being taken off of the course atop Ester Dome by medics who realized I was serious trouble. It's a DNF at mile 12.7.<br><br><b>LONG VERSION</b>:<br>
For the long version of this report, let me rewind to when I left Boston. I had two 5 hour flights ahead of me, Boston to Salt Lake City and then Salt Lake City to Anchorage. The next day I had to drive the 358 miles from Anchorage to Fairbanks. When I left Boston, I had gotten up at 3:30am Eastern time to catch a bus to Boston's Logan airport. By the time I arrived in Anchorage, it was 6:30pm Boston time. By the time I got my rental car, got checked into my Anchorage hotel, ran the errands I needed to in Anchorage, etc, it was about 6:00pm Alaskan time (10:00pm Eastern). I didn't get to sleep till 8:00pm Alaskan, 12:00 midnight Eastern. Translation: I was really run down when I got to bed in Anchorage.<br><br>
The next day, I started the ride to Fairbanks in the pouring rain. About 100 miles into the ride I ran into some road construction that had the road closed. It was at that point I realized I had a headache and a bit of a scratchy throat. Not a good sign. I continued the drive and got to Denali National Park and had lunch 15 miles into the park. It was a beautiful day in the park, and yet, I felt really cold. Another bad sign.<br><br>
I continued the ride to Fairbanks and got there around 5:30. I checked into the hotel, changed clothes and immediately went over to run down and then up Ester Dome as a training run for the marathon. I didn't think much of how I was feeling. The run down the mountain was easy, but the run up the mountain was a real struggle, more of a struggle than I ever remember it being. Since I was in great shape having had followed the Pfitz/Douglas 18/70 plan prior to the marathon, I knew something was up. When I got back to my hotel my suspicions were confirmed. As I laid down on the couch I had chills and a fever.<br><br>
The next day I didn't feel any worse or any better. I went over to Ester Dome again and ran the out-and-back portion of the Equinox course. Again, I struggled to do this run, and I was starting to get concerned for the race.<br><br>
Friday I took the day off from running, and hoped that my body would recover for race day.<br><br>
Saturday was race day. Unfortunately, I awoke race morning feeling worse than I had at any time during the week. I had considerable chest congestion, a very sore throat, and a slight fever. These symptoms had been common throughout the week, but they were at their worst this morning. For those of you who have never run, trust me, they are not good for running!<br><br>
Race morning broke with cloudy skies. The thermometer at the University said 41 degrees. I had opted for long sleeves, DriFIT tights, a Sub4 running hat and Nike running gloves. I brought shorts and a short sleeved shirt with me in case I wanted them right before the race, but decided against them.<br><br>
The pre-race meeting went off without a hitch. I felt lousy, but I had come 4,000 miles for the race. I <b>was going</b> to start! Before the race, I tried a simple warmup run and found that very hard. I knew this was going to be a pretty awful day at that point.<br><br>
We lined up, a cannon was fired, and we were off. For the first few miles, I felt okay, but my pace was very inconsistent. Some miles were faster than I had hoped, but a lot were slower.<br><br>
I felt a bit warm during miles 1 and 2 and I almost wished I had gone in shorts. How ironic that thought was, as you'll see later on.<br><br>
As the miles went on, my HR was good, but my breathing was really starting to give me issues. Despite not running all that fast, I couldn't get enough air. I was being passed quite a bit, and by mile 5 I realized I was starting to get cold. I knew if the sun didn't come out soon I'd probably be in trouble. Just before the base of Ester Dome at mile 9, a guy asked me "How are you?" I told him "I've had a lot better days."<br><br>
As I started the climb, I had to start walking. If I were healthy that would never have happened, but I was not healthy. I tried to continue running, but the early part of the climb is steep. The climb eases up a little bit around mile 10, but even then I couldn't run it. This should have been easy for me because of the training I had done, but it wasn't there. I just couldn't breathe well enough.<br><br>
Near mile 11, there is a short portion of level ground in the course. I thought for sure I could run that, and I did run for part of it. But, it was at this point I had to stop and double myself over trying to get some air. This was the first of many times I would have to do that. It was also where I noticed my calfs were shivering.<br><br>
It can be windy as you go up Ester Dome. The winds weren't as bad as I had seen them in the past, but they were enough to chill me even more.<br><br>
Somehow I dragged myself to the top of Ester Dome. As I was going up, I had to stop several times to try to get air (again doubled over). Many runners and spectators asked if I was okay. It was hard to admit I was in trouble, but I knew I was.<br><br>
I finally got to the top. Paramedics from the Chena Goldstream Fire & Rescue were at the top of the Dome with their ambulance. One of the medics is a former classmate from my UAF days. He told me "You look awful." I said "I'm in real trouble." The crew put me in the back of the ambulance and wrapped me in blankets and hot packs. I was shivering uncontrollably, particularly in the legs. The medics cranked the heat in the back of the ambulance, and I started feeling better. After about 10 minutes of that, the medics took my temperature, and it was still just 95.8. I can only imagine how low it was when they took me off the course.<br><br><b>Lessons learned:</b> - I should never have even started the race as sick as I was. The Equinox is hard enough when you are 100%. Obviously I was far from 100%.<br>
NEVER, EVER piss off the mountain running gods. When I drove into town, I saw Ester Dome. I looked over and said "You've got nothing on me Ester Dome!" I guess Ester Dome had the last word this year.<br><br>
I hated to not finish. I didn't come 4,000 miles to DNF. I didn't follow the Pfitz/Douglas 18/70 plan to DNF. But I also didn't come 4,000 miles to do something stupid. Had I continued, the medics would not have been able to get to me with the ambulance, and thus their response would have been delayed. As it was, they were able to help me without taking me to a hospital. If I went on? Who knows.<br><br>
Some questions:<br>
1.) Will I do the Equinox again? <b>YES</b>, absolutely. Not sure when, but I will.<br>
2.) Did the Pfitz/Douglas program work for me? <b>Inconclusive</b>. I'll wait to when I've run a marathon healthy to determine that.<br><br>
Thanks for reading. Sorry the report wasn't a happier one.
 

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The Data<br><br><b>Daily Run Report</b><br><br><b>Date:</b> 09/15/2007 <b>Time:</b> 08:00<br><b>Run Type:</b> Race<br><b>Distance:</b> 12.7 miles<br><b>Total time:</b> 02:34:56.4 <b>Average Per Mile:</b> 00:12:12.0<br><b>Course:</b> OTHER COURSE<br><b>Max HR (for entire workout):</b> 185<br><b>Average HR:</b> 143<br><b>Shoes:</b> Mizuno Wave Ascend 2 - 06/2007 <b>Date Entered Service:</b> 06/26/2007 <b>Ending Mileage:</b> 118.22<br><b>Weather:</b><br><b>Temperature:</b> 39 <b>Temperature Type:</b> Ambient Air <b>Time:</b> Start<br><b>Temperature:</b> 45 <b>Temperature Type:</b> Ambient Air <b>Time:</b> End<br><b>Dew Point:</b> 37 <b>Time:</b> Start<br><b>Dew Point:</b> 41 <b>Time:</b> End<br><b>Wind speed:</b> 2 <b>Max Gust:</b> 8 <b>Direction:</b> NW<br><br>
DNF of the Equinox Marathon at mile 12.7.<br><br>
Was sick at the start with chest congestion, sore throat and a fever.<br><br>
Was pulled off the course at mile 12.7 with hypothermia and a body temperature around 95.<br><b>Run Segments<br>
Name Time Distance AvgMile HR AvgHR Total Time</b><br>
Mile 1 00:10:03.8 1.0 00:10:03.8 150 145 00:10:03.8<br>
Mile 2 00:09:18.3 1.0 00:09:18.3 155 150 00:19:22.1<br>
Mile 3 00:10:26.0 1.0 00:10:26.0 146 150 00:29:48.1<br>
Mile 4 00:10:55.8 1.0 00:10:55.8 162 153 00:40:43.9<br>
Mile 5 00:09:28.2 1.0 00:09:28.2 150 145 00:50:12.1<br>
Mile 6 00:10:20.9 1.0 00:10:20.9 153 153 01:00:33.0<br>
Mile 7 00:09:44.4 1.0 00:09:44.4 146 150 01:10:17.4<br>
Mile 8+9 00:19:45.5 2.0 00:09:52.8 152 149 01:30:02.9<br>
Mile 10 00:14:24.3 1.0 00:14:24.3 158 157 01:44:27.2<br>
Mile 11 00:15:30.9 1.0 00:15:30.9 142 150 01:59:58.1<br>
Mile 12 00:22:36.8 1.0 00:22:36.8 118 127 02:22:34.9<br>
Mile 12.7 00:12:21.5 0.7 00:17:39.3 105 115 02:34:56.4
 

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((((((Kevin)))))<br><br>
I don't know whether to give you huge props for being determined enough to have come all that way and try to run, or smack you for endangering yourself like that. You're one tough, courageous dude, that's for sure. I doubt I would have made it that far in those conditions, all things considered.<br><br>
I hope you're healing up soon and not pushing yourself to get back too fast. Those things can knock your system out of whack for a while if you're not careful. Chest congestion is never a good thing.<br><br>
Please take care of yourself. The Equinox will be there when you go back. And next time you WILL kick Ester's Domed Ass. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> I'm glad you made it back safely and were able to get help before anything worse happened. We were all worried, as I am sure you saw from the posts.
 

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That sucks getting sick like that. You do all that training to get ready for a day and then you get sick and it gets blown out of the water. Real shame.
 

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EQ! Wow. Your determination to run is impressive, your willingness to be helped at the appropriate time instead of insisting on trying to continue is truly commendable. Especially considering how much this race means to you. Glad you are home, and feeling better!
 

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Buddy... That race is no out and back on a pretty little trail. You did a great job. Next time, remind me to send you some air born before you go, huh?<br>
I've said it before...plan on Humpies Marathon for your next AK race. Hell, I might even run it with ya. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br>
Great report even though the race wasn't what you planned.<br>
I'm feeling assured that you didn't have time to pick up moose nuggets and carry them with you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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Kevin - to make decisions we don't always like is one of the hardest things we can do. There really isn't anything I can say other than you continue to impress me and I am so very, very proud of you.<br><br>
You inspire me, both as a runner and as a person.
 

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EQ- glad you were smart and dropped where you did. That low body temperature is scary!<br>
It is very hard to travel that far and spend that much money for a DNF or bad race. I hope you get back on the saddle and find another race to do and see how well your training has gone this year.
 

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Hey <b>EQ</b> - I remember a common question posted back on CR was of the "I've paid a lot of money for a trip etc. and gotten sick/injured before my big marathon...what should I do?" variety. When I did respond, I always remember answering it from a completely neutral, divested perspective and without any similar experiences myself.<br><br>
That changed during my Flying Pig Marathon HM experience this year - I was on track for a huge PR, but an injury 3-weeks before got me to thinking of whether I would run it all, despite all the money I had invested in getting over there meeting up with the fellow 30s. I ended up running, but treating it as a fun run as much as possible (screwed up my injury even more, but ahh well...)<br><br>
Obviously, your situation was a much more dire one, but I think a vast majority of us would've still tried to run the race in a similar situation, so you have nothing to feel badly about in that regard.<br><br>
All races are learning experiences to one degree or another, and yours, as unfortunate as it was for you, is important, not only for you personally, but for any others who might be considering a similar decision. I know if I find myself in something similar, your experience is going to come to mind almost immediately.<br><br>
I give you kudos for toeing the line and giving it the old college try, and then making it through almost 13 miles in the condition you were in. Let no one say that you aren't tough.<br><br>
Rest up well, and I'm predicting you'll be kicking butt at your next marathon attempt. And the Equinox Marathon will be there next year for your triumphant return as well <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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You did the only smart and sane thing for your safety and health, EQ.<br><br>
Post-DNF can be a really tough time, but since you are uninjured, once you feel better you can find another race to target. I know I'm among the many who want to see what you can do with all that training.<br><br><b>When</b> you finish the Equinox Marathon next time, the accomplishment will be that much more exponentially sweeter.<br><br>
Take good care of yourself physically & mentally right now.
 

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mmoon reminded me of a friend of mine. We went out to the RnR AZ marathon, lots of money, lots of fundraising, etc. She fell really badly in the opening miles of the race and decided, against the race's better wishes, to finish the race no matter what. She landed herself in PT for MONTHS and has not really run since. TOTALLY NOT WORTH IT.
 

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I would've attempted to run, too. Not that it would've been the smart thing to do. But, I definitely know where you're coming from. I actually wasn't feeling too hot before my last marathon (though likely only 20% of what you experienced) and am thankful that I didn't make myself even sicker by running it.<br><br>
I know you're going to do great at your next marathon; you've trained so hard!
 

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Hey Kevin, thanks for the report. You'll be back and you will get that dang dome!
 

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I'm sorry you had such bad luck, EQ, but you did the right thing, as you know, and you'll be back for another race. Think of it as continuing training for the next Equinox Marathon <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
I've loosely followed your Pfitz training and that takes dedication!
 

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EQ -<br><br>
I'm in day 1 of 3 weeks of taper, and contemplating why on earth we do this to our bodies (I'm pretty beat up from yesterday's run). We push ourselves to see how far and how fast we can go, to rise to the challenge, and to experience that sense of satisfaction when we are done. I know how hard following the Pfitz 18/55 plan has been for me, how exhausted I am now, and even feeling a sense of burnout. The plan you followed was more miles, more time, yet you remained so completely positive throughout with only two (if I recall correctly) runs that fell short of the intended mileage.<br><br>
While you did not get to finish your intended marathon, and I know that has to be somewhat heart-pulling for you, you have already proven yourself an incredible runner. Your dedication to the plan inspired me to keep going when the going got tough. But, I know that it's the sense of satisfaction you did not get to have because of poor timing of getting sick.<br><br>
I really hope you consider running another marathon soon, whether it's Baystate or another. It may be a little bittersweet, but I believe you will find completing another race (and probably with a PR based on your training level), will help you make peace with Ester Dome just a little bit. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Sorry that the Equinox Marathon wasn't exactly working with you this year. Sucks to get sick after all that training, travel and expense. Glad you're feeling better now and I see you signed up for another upcoming marathon. Good luck! Oh, and don't get sick! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Glad you came through that experience okay and here's to hoping that you can rest up and do another marathon this fall. You could also go for a rockin' half because you've done the work and the base will stick with you for a while. Best of luck, and the Equinox will be waiting for you on another day.
 
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