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I run marathons to find out what I'm made of, when it's tough, and to have fun the rest of the time. The Carlsbad Marathon last month was fun, but The Dutchman is tough. Like my friends in the Masters Club encouraged me, I pushed through what seemed like hell at times to get to the heavenly finish line. My only goal was to stay hydrated, and I don't think I even achieved that.<br><br>
I had to deal with icy car windows, then plane de-icing but still got to Phoenix Saturday morning and met an old buddy from work. We went to breakfast not far from the huge sports complex in Glendale and even closer to the spring training camp for the Padres. That was cool to see people buying tickets already. I spent the rest of the day eating more<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">, driving the course, etc. It was a very hilly point to point course. I was disappointed to find out, right before going to bed, that although the marathon claimed that my hotel would have an early breakfast setup, that was wrong. Luckily I brought a granola bar and grabbed a couple of bread slices leftover in the breakfast area.<br><br>
So I got up at 4:30 and drove about 15 minutes to the Rodeo Grounds in Apache Junction. Caught a shuttle bus and sat next to The Nervous Guy. (If you're reading this, guy, lighten up!) I said hi and all he did was nervously look at his watch. I tried saying something else. Nothing. Everyone else was chattering like monkeys. Eventually I got to chat across the aisle with Excited Elaine, a first-timer. I told her I would look for her at the finish line. At the start, drank some hot chocolate, ate banana bites and stayed warm by one of the many fires.<br><br>
At the start, I was wearing my "I Almost Won" stocking cap, Maniac yellow singlet under an old sweater, cheap gloves, black shorts, and Dirty Girl gaiters. Off we went down the dirt road. I wore my Brooks road shoes because although this race is a hybrid between a trail and road marathon, most of it's paved. After a few miles we came to some water crossings. It does rain in the desert sometimes, so the ravines were flowing, but if you didn't mind walking a little you could avoid getting your fet wet, so I did. I didn't see anyone trying to hurdle the crossing or just run through it, although someone must have tried.<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> The scenery in the Superstition Mountains is just amazing and hard to describe. The only wildlife I saw was a jackrabbit and that's nothing new, but the way the sunrise hit the mountains made for a very happy start.<br><br>
The stretch of highway after that robs a little of that joy but there's actually a better view of the mountains because we turned west so they were beside us instead of behind us. I struck up a nice, long conversation with Kelly, another first-timer, and her friend whose name escapes me now. I told them when they stopped for the portapotty that I would look for her at the finish line if I got there first.<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> I rocked along pretty steady and hit 2:15 halfway. Good thing I wasn't expecting a PR. Around mile 21 something dreadful happened. We were pretty spread out by now, so I was running alone. I was drinking from my water bottle and a little of it went down my windpipe. I choked and coughed, the most horrible cough I've ever had. I stopped on the roadside. Muscles on my side that I didn't know I had were cramping and there was nothing I could do to stop it. Help, Oh God, I cried out, and only a vulture answered. Shut up, you stupid bird, I yelled. Please make it stop! I cried. Finally it did and it took me quite some time to get back on track. I had to take some walk breaks, but when I hit my stride, I was ready to finish strong. I got a hug from one of the volunteers, a group called The Purple Ladies, and that helped. I passed a few people I had started with, and that helped. Right before the finish there was a walker ahead of me. I felt silly doing it but I burst past her to a small but cheering group of spectators. I finished in 4:49:21, 161 out of 332 finishers. I'm not very good at math but I think that's a solid mid-pack performance. I looked for the first-timers I had met but they came in later. I drank a lot of water at the finish and felt sick, so the pretzels helped. I couldn't have drank more during the marathon, and it got really warm, but the best part is, I'm not sore today, so maybe I was able to flush out the lactic acid or maybe it never built up because I took it easy. In fact I feel like I could have run a double.<br><br>
I haven't plugged my Garmin into the computer yet, so maybe I'll do that tomorrow and pop the graph in here. I want to have time to run Sport Tracks with the elevation correction first. Thanks, friends.<br><br>
edited to delete Knoxville hesitation
 

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Congrats there Opester, you're definately a maniac all right. Way to go perservering through what sounds like the side stitch from hell. Too bad about "Nervous Guy", maybe he wasn't a Happy Days fan <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> or maybe Ritchie Cunningham ran off with his wife, ya never know.<br>
So what's up next?? You headin out this way anytime soon??
 

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I just took a look at the Eugene thread, and I think we're roommates there, according to Tamster.<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Good Solid Run Maniac Opie.<br>
Purple Ladies, Talking Buzzards, Excited Elaine, that sounded more fun than a carnival.<br>
I have to admit, I'm envious of the not being sore part.<br>
Even if you don't pace at Knoxville, you are going to run aren't you?<br>
Good Job, Good Report<br>
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Great job <b>Opie</b> I was out at the LDM yesterday running the two mile fun run with <b>CactusTri</b> and his DS. ( it was his DS's first race as he is just starting the C25k program ) I have to admit the Superstitions were looking pretty good yesterday. I live in the valley but in the far northwest section so with the distance and pollution I dont see the Superstitions very often.
 

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Yay, Opie!<br><br>
I'll load my shotgun for next time we see that buzzard overhead <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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As always Opie you delivered a great RR and maniac-worthy marathon. Sorry to hear about the coughing fit, but you rocked it at the end. Bask in your glory....
 

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I enjoyed your report. Maybe some drinking and swallowing practice is in your future? It sounded like a fun time and I hope you get to Eugene so I can meet this maniac person called Opie in person.
 

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Sounds like you had a great race Karl. And now they've pulled you into that spring PNW marathon <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">. You can fill me in on the details next time we go for a run.<br><br>
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MM Opie, congratulations on finishing a tough race. Sorry to hear about your drinking problem. On the other hand, you are giving Pro a run for his money in the "chatting up the ladies" department. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Opie has a drinking problem and is almost getting picked off by vultures. Oy - what has become of this maniac!!<br>
You ran a tough race Opie. Sounds like despite the ab cross training mid race, you still enjoyed your day. But then you always seem to enjoy whatever race you are in and look at the positive. I think it's what Ritchie would do too.<br><br>
See ya in a few months!
 

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About the drinking problem, I forgot to mention, I had a couple pints of Guinness the day before!<br><br>
Here's an interesting chart from Sport Tracks with the actual elevation. The two biggest slow spikes were a portapotty stop and then the coughing/vulture incident:<br><img alt="" src="http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u135/KarlRysted/Dutchman.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
And here's another with the elevation change:<br><img alt="" src="http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u135/KarlRysted/DutchmanII.jpg" style="border:0px solid;">
 

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A drop like that in the first 8 miles, then that climb from 16-19 and you're not sore? <img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif"><img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
Good, solid marathon on a tough course, Karl ... we've all come to expect that from you and you rarely disappoint.<br><br>
Happy recovery and on to Eugene (or something else before?) for you!<br><br>
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Congrats Karl on a great race.... you are a Maniac <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Speaking of maniacs..... an older guy (64) I run with at my local track is about to become an official Marathon Maniac......he ran the Lost Dutchman (4:54) .... looks like you were fairly close to each other.... he also ran Carlsbad, Surf City, and will be running Los Angeles in a few weeks.<br><br>
Best to you in Eugene!
 

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Hey Opie, what's on tap for March and April? Can't be skipping months, here, ya know! Sounds like a fun race! I love those sorts of hills. I've been waiting for this RR for awhile, and then remembered the protocol here...<img alt="blush.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/blush.gif"> so finally found it. And too bad you didn't meet my buddy Troy (Rhoon Phast) while you were there. Us Alaskans can be a sneaky bunch.
 

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E, I finally figured out how to add my list of upcoming races in my signature, so now you'll see it whenever I post. I'll get Maniac gold level with 4 in 4 in Kansas if I stick to this plan. And speaking of Maniac stuff, I forgot to mention I met Boonsom Hartman at the finish line, #237, a 50-stater who has run 112 marathons. She has 6 stars next to her name.
 

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Hiya Opie! I liked your description of Nervous Guy. I wonder how he did? I'm glad you weren't sore after all that cramping.
 
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