Sunday, March 25, 2007

#4

Wow! #4. That was a killer. Not so much the hills - it reminded me of running around here, actually - but the heat combined with them. My skin is still burning and I look a little racoon-y. But, my official time was 4:32-something and I am pretty proud of that because it was a blood bath out there today. I think it was around 81 degrees when I finished. I was fine through about mile 17 and then the absolute lack of Gatorade left for the marathoners really started to take its toll. I was only able to find Gatorade THREE times on the whole course. They were so unprepared today, the race management was horrible and should all be taken out somewhere and drug behind a car on that course on a hot day. They literally had nothing left for the marathoners - at times I had to pour my own water!!!!! It was very demoralizing to run past thousands of squashed orange peels when you're burning alive and just WISH you could have had one. Thank goodness for the kind people of Atlanta whose neighborhoods we ran through though - they were out with garden hoses, bowls of ice, pretzels and the things race management SHOULD have had for us. There wasn't even a banana or orange left at the finish line when I got there - and I'm pretty mid pack. So I took a tray of Oreos, and if you finished after me and didn't have any Oreos left by then just email me and I'll send you a pack. Because I was hot and hungry and that's pretty much all they had besides 80-degree water and soda.

Full race report to come. We got back around 5:45 and the 4-hr ride home was so painful right after a marathon!!! We put our stuff down and literally collapsed on the bed and were dead to the world for 2 hours!!! Thanks for all the comments and for tracking me all day! My main goal in my head was to make it to the next timing mat and slam my size 7's down and send the stats back to everyone! Brent was awesome - he actually ran the half and then came out to mile 19 and the finish to snap some photos. We ran together through mile 4 when the half marathoners split off. ( The half marathoners come back on our course later - that's why nothing was left for us from mile 17 on. We run the same course but the full branched out early so the half runs the 2nd half of the full course. That is such a dumb idea.) Anyway, I've got some unpacking to do and then back to work tomorrow!

Congrats to David on an awesome time today!! Go send him love!

13 Comments:

At 7:39 PM, Blogger E-Speed said...

gosh, doesn't sound like the best of conditions. Great job rocking it despite the heat and lack of nutrition! Hope you are relaxing now!

 
At 8:47 PM, Blogger Christy said...

Sounds like they have a lot to learn. COngrats on a great race despite the conditions!

 
At 10:36 PM, Blogger Jack said...

Congratulations on hanging in there through tough conditions for another victory. Make sure you complain to the race organizers, they won't change unless you let them know you weren't satisfied!

Have a nice rest and recovery, you earned it.

 
At 10:10 AM, Blogger PLANET3RRY said...

No water in marathon = character building experience

Glad to hear that you made it safe and sound. And for doing it just for giggles, 4:32 is not too shabby!

Can't wait for the race report. If you send me the race report and a picture, I'd love to put in on the Catch Me If You Can website!

 
At 10:33 AM, Anonymous david said...

From all reports it was a tough course on a hot tough day. Know you are glad to have #4 behind you.

 
At 5:32 PM, Blogger Anne said...

There's been a discussion on a marathon message board about bigger marathons being in disarray. This sounds like a classic case. Sorry you had to withstand it. And glad the people of Atlanta rose to the occasion.

Great time!

 
At 7:06 PM, Blogger Firefly's Running said...

Congrads Renee and Brent! You both did AWESOME!!!

 
At 8:02 PM, Blogger brent d. said...

WHO THE HELL IS RENEE?!!?

 
At 8:07 PM, Blogger Just12Finish said...

Wow, that race report is unbelievable! Gatorade only 3 times on the course? Insane! More power to you for finishing!

 
At 8:09 PM, Blogger brent d. said...

CONGRADS?! DID RENEE AND BRENT GRADUATE OR RUN A MARATHON? I'M SO CONFUSED!

 
At 2:50 PM, Blogger Joe said...

Perhaps some constructive comments to race organizers, rather than a blast of criticism and threat, would be a good idea. Organizing a race is a tough task...the initial one is even tougher.

FWIW

 
At 5:22 PM, Blogger robtherunner said...

Nice job! Can't wait to read the full report.

 
At 1:27 PM, Blogger David said...

You are right about the good folks of Atlanta. I grabbed a cold bottle of water from a sweet little girl who was handing them out around mile 21 that kept me going for four more miles.
I only saw Powerade twice and it was warm. If not for my Cliff Blok shots and water I'd have been on a gurney.

 

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