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<span style="font-family:Arial;">Here it is. Enough time has passed now that I’m not so pissy about missing out on the marathon I had intended to be my goal race this year. I ramped up my training this summer to 60-70 MPW, did lots of speed work, got some good tune-up races done and looked forward to a big family meet-up, kick-ass PR and another great marathon experience. Like everyone in Chicago this year, my goals were thrown out the window when presented with the weather conditions.</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;">It was an experience – good or bad and not one I’ll soon forget</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;">Little sis #2 and I have run both of our previous marathons together (well we ran the same races, we don’t run together – she’s a lightening bolt). She was on track to BQ in Chicago and I wasn’t that far behind. On a perfect day it could happen, it would happen. Sunday was not perfect. I could tell from about mile 2 that things would be interesting. Saw our support team just before mile 3 and was still feeling optimistic.</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><img alt="" src="http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g254/mpfeiffer/CIMG2925.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;">However, by miles 5-6 things had deteriorated. I was breathing much too hard, my heart was racing, my legs hated me and the most detrimental - my mind was crumbling. I had to pull off and hit a porta-potty and when joining the crowd again, hooked up with another runner in the same condition as me. Tami and I would run/walk together for the remainder of my time in the race. She was awesome! We pushed on as best we could but it was ugly. When hitting the Gatorade/water station around mile 8, we saw they were out of water/cups …that can’t be a good sign. We moved on. Nothing was feeling better. When we started through Old Town all I could think about was how much further I wanted to continue the hurt. Approaching the Loop again, I pretty much decided that today was not my day AT ALL. I had a decision to make. Stick with a very bad scene and continue to deteriorate or suck it up and scrap the day, hoping that my next race would go better. I chose the latter.</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;">Just before the HM mark, I pulled out. I was heart broken.</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;">Luckily I had to most amazing, most supportive group of people surrounding me when I came back to find them. Team Pfeiffer ROCKS MY WORLD!</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><img alt="" src="http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g254/mpfeiffer/CIMG2913.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><img alt="" src="http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g254/mpfeiffer/CIMG2914.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;">I pulled on my matching <i>team shirt</i> and we hustled over to the finish line area, knowing that little sis #2 was still in the game. We waited and waited. We heard the race being cancelled, we saw the diverted runners coming in, we did not see little sis. We moved to the family meet-up area; we still did not see nor hear from little sis. Shortly thereafter we got the first of several cell phone messages come through. Sis was pulled off the course at 26.1 …<b>YES, she was that close to finishing!</b> She was taken to the hospital with dehydration and later released with us.</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;">Luckily it was just bruised egos and dehydrated bodies. We made it out alive. It wasn’t our day but we will be back to Chicago and we will rock that bitch.</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><img alt="" src="http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g254/mpfeiffer/Flosiespics350.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;">Side notes:</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;">A most unfortunate discovery. Our shirts could have been called Porta-Potty blue.</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><img alt="" src="http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g254/mpfeiffer/Flosiespics346.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;">Not everyone from Team Pfeiffer had a t-shirt but that doesn't make them any less enthusiastic.</span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><img alt="" src="http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g254/mpfeiffer/Flosiespics340.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"></span><br><br><span style="font-family:Arial;">Next up: NYC Marathon on 11/4</span><br><span style="font-family:Arial;"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/hello2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hello1"></span>
 

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Awesome story Maria!<br><br>
You made a tough decision but I think it was the right one.<br><br>
Great support group!
 

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Maria~<br><br>
I'm sorry the day didn't go as planned for you, but you've left Chicago with your sense of humor fully intact and that's a good thing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> I'm glad you had the good sense to call it a day early...you might have ended up in the hospital with your sister.<br><br>
You've read my race report and know how the day went for me, I just wanted to note that I too felt not right very early on. When I was still in the early single digits I kept wondering how I was going to make it to 26.2 and then further freaked out that I had to start talking to myself that way so early in the race. Based on the way I felt then, I'm surprised I made it up to the 20 mile mark.<br><br>
(porta-pottie blue, that's hysterical).<br><br>
I find myself still fascinated to read participants experiences and reactions to all of the post race stuff. I've been glued to the computer since coming home. I'm alternately completely wired up to full out exhaustion, feeling like my limbs are filled with cement.<br><br>
It was quite an experience to survive through. I'm glad you did. Your BQ day will come!!!
 

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Maria, no matter what happened last Sunday, you are a total <b><span>ROCK STAR</span></b>!!!!!! Chicago will be your bitch next time!!
 

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Yikes, <b>Pfast Mary P</b>...nothing you can do about the weather. I can't imagine how hard it must have been to make that decision to drop out, but like you said, it just wasn't your day. With NYC coming up, all the training you've done and the decision to throttle back in Chicago are really going to pay off for you. I can't wait to see you rock the Boroughs!<br><br>
Glad to hear that sis is OK....
 

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Thank you for your report. You are such an inspiration, <b>Maria.</b> I'm sorry this was not your race, but I'm glad to see you determined to move on now! Glad your sis is ok, too! Yay!!!<br><br>
p.s. I can't see the pix at work, but I'll be back to check them out!!!
 

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That RR made me smile and a bit sad at the same time. You simply caught some terrible luck. Terrible, terrible luck. I'm glad you're starting to feel better and putting the race behind you. Good luck in NYC! <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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Way to be smart...or is that smaht? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> I can't wait to see what you can do with the training base that you have built up. Good luck!
 

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Maria:<br><br>
Smart but difficult decision to save it for another day. Glad you guys are OK and I hope all that training pays off for you big time at NYC.<br><br>
Like the shirts. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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<b><span>Maria</span></b>, that first picture at mile 3 is just so telling to me as to what kind of day it was - it looks you and that gentleman behind you just ran through a car wash and your tech clothing is trying to dry out.<br><br>
I know you trained your butt off for this one, but you were smart enough to make the tough decision that the elements had conspired against you and this day wasn't in the cards. There will be other days to run and to reach that BQ.<br><br>
Moreover, I'm glad your sis is okay and the support that you get from your team is just simply awesome my book. I don't doubt for one moment that you will all rock that bitch next time 'round
 

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<b>Maria</b>, I'm glad both you, your sis and your humor have survived to fight another day. Your training won't let you down and you'll ROCK NYC when it comes along.<br><br>
I do have one question, though, that I've had all week: When you say that they pulled your sister off the course, does that mean she would have kept running but the decision was made by medical personnel along the route, or that she finally hit the wall (crushingly) just shy of the finish and got help getting off? I'm not sure which is more heart-breaking, but if the decision were out of my hands, I would have been really upset.<br><br>
I'm glad you made the right decision for you, and we're all very proud of you!
 

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<b>Maria</b> I feel for ya-what a crazy experience.<br><br>
when the aid stations went to hell on you, your decision was made for you. No one could beat those conditions.<br><br>
You and the Sis are freakin unbelievable in my book.<br><br>
Destiny still awaits you and the sis their Maria. And I know you will answer!!
 

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Medical peeps pulled her off. She pretty much collapsed and could not stand/walk without assistance from someone else. She begged them to help her cross the finish but no-go.
 

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You are one of the toughest women I know, if not the toughest. You are an inspiration. Happy to see you getting back to normal, and setting your sights on NYC.
 

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Good luck with NYC - onward! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
Glad your sis (and you) are OK!!
 

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Maria, glad to see that you and your sis are okay. I can completely relate to the feeling that you knew it wouldn't be your day. I had the same feeling the whole race, and I was mad at myself for not being able to shake it off.<br><br>
You did the right thing listening to yourself and your body. You trained hard and you will rock your next marathon!
 

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Maria...I'm most proud of you for doing the best thing and pulling out of the race when you are still safe and sound. You will beat Chicago another time and you will be great in NY!
 

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hugs to you and your mighty effort!!<br><br>
i'll be running NYC as well in a few weeks.. heres hoping to a MUCH cooler race day!!
 

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I love your spirit.<br><br>
My brain got scrambled in Chicago on Sunday, and all I was doing was walking around watching the race. You and sis did great. You'll eat the NYC thingee for lunch.
 
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