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  • 23 miles
  • 04:21 time
  • 11:12 pace
  • 2969 calories
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  • 3517 ft climb
  • 0 max hr
  • 0 avg hr
    • Currently /5 Effort.
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Chicago Whoops!athon 23.3 mi 04:21 11:12 pace

This was actually a very good race for 15 miles. I felt great, was holding pace easily, and had energy to spare. However when I got to mile 15, I suddenly started getting dizzy and it felt like about 1000 butterflies were zooming around inside my head. I thought I was starting to weave so I stopped to walk for about 15 seconds. I started up again and thought I was going to be ok. But then about a half mile later, everything on my lower body started hurting. PF, it band, hamstrings, top of the foot, Achilles, you name it, it started hurting. My interval pace starting creeping up from there on out, almost at a comical rate. I was doing run walking, then fast walking, then walking, then slow walking. I would try to run a few times but I would get dizzy again and everything hurt.

I knew the race was over for me at this point, but I didn't want to deal with how to get home from mile 20, so I decided to walk to mile 23 where my wife was supposed to spectate me. By the time I got there, I felt like I couldn't walk another step, everything was seized up. To make matters worse, she wasn't there! So I asked a cop if I could use his cellphone to call her. She had started heading back downtown because she thought she had missed me. We finally got on the same train and began the long journey to pick up my bag and get on the train home. Took forever and I had a massive headache the whole time.

I have several theories as to what happened, but really can't say that one was the cause. So I'll save those for another time. I am super content with my decision to DNF. I probably could have shuffled my feet for another three miles, but my time would have been incredibly shitty and I really didn't care about a medal. I'd rather have an awesome race rather than "just finishing". So no need for any condolences. Instead, let's celebrate the inherent randomness of marathon running. Good days can turn bad, bad ones good; many times out of your control. It keeps things interesting. Run again another day.

  • Sue G.
    Sue G.

    Definitely a good call taking the DNF. I saw a guy fall at mile 25. You do not want to be that guy. That's how one gets sent to the ER. LIve to run another day. Marathons are a mystery. Next time, maybe make a better offering to the Marathon Gods?

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Ellen
    Ellen

    Oh wow, that sounds like some crazy stuff kicked in. So sorry you didn't get to finish but glad you have a good attitude bout it. You're right, some things are just out of your control. Hope your headache, dizziness and pain ease up quickly!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Kristin K.
    Kristin K.

    Well, sorry for a tough day, but sounds like you've got a great attitude about it. You're right, the marathon is an unpredictable distance. Looking forward to you having your next race being a successful one.

    P.S. I think you're still allowed to drink 23 beers.

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Andy P.
    Andy P.

    I'm glad your attitude is so good. Still though, I'm sorry to hear about the bad luck. Get some rest, have a beer. You're still in great shape at least. I hope all that pain was from muscle cramping and nothing too sinister. Maybe you can still have an awesome race this year.

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Melissa W.
    Melissa W.

    Sorry it was a rough one for you! I hope you get it figured out and have a better race next time!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Maryjo Powrozek R.
    Maryjo Powrozek R.

    Ayiyi. Random indeed. It's all so unpredictable. And just as we'll you dnf'd instead of hobbling through 3 painstaking miles. That was my approach at my last (90 degree day) marathon and I have no pride over that thing because the time wasn't anywhere near what I wanted. It seems like a good option at the time, but no need to torture yourself. Next one is yours. Unless it isn't.

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Caitlin
    Caitlin

    Fool me once, Chicago... I also took a DNF today. Cheers to the random beast that is the marathon. Hope you recover quickly and are kicking ass again real soon.

    over 4 years ago Like

  • John P.
    John P.

    Nice writeup and great attitude Jeff, get your butt up here to Milwaukee next year. I guarantee you'll have a better experience!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Julian
    Julian

    This distance plays games with you. Only those who have done it can attest. Go get em next time. You got it in you.

    over 4 years ago Like

  • David E.
    David E.

    Way to gut it out for 23. You have made me proud, and that's what you were probably really shooting for anyway.

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Samantha
    Samantha

    23 is more than I did today :D Scary stuff though...hope all is OKAY!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Stephen R.

    I had a DNF a couple of years ago, and similar reasons: you can drag yourself to the finish line, or be smart and fight again another day.

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Janet
    Janet

    Way to know your body's limits. I hope you're alright. Cheers to going as far as you did! :)

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Francesco S.
    Francesco S.

    I have to say your call was the right one. I experienced the same what happened to you in 2010, and I didn't care about finishing but just to be safe. It wasn't easy and I had to deal with my 1st DNF but I bounced back and ran a great Boston marathon. As you said, live to run another day.

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Freddy O.
    Freddy O.

    I saw you at mile 7ish and cheered you on, sir! I didn't know you were married. Glad that you were able to think through and call it a DNF - rest up, get better, and slam all the other marathons that you can!!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Maggie W.

    Hope you are able to figure out what went wrong.

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Edward S.

    That was smart running Jeff. You made the right decision. Kudos to a great runner.

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Floyd T.
    Floyd T.

    Great attitude on the race. I think you definitely made the right decision on DNF. There is no reason to risk it at that point. Here's to better luck next time.

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Charlyn C.
    Charlyn C.

    You made the right decision hands down. The whole crap shoot of what youre going to get in a marathon is the thing that keeps me returning to them.

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Trent L.
    Trent L.

    Tough break, bro. You made the right call!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Andrea
    Andrea

    I wanted to piggy back you at mile 21. No joke. And, give you another long hug. Hugs.....

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Amanda F.
    Amanda F.

    Bummer Jeff! You definitely made the right call - not something to mess around with. You'll get 'em next time! Sorry this happened :(

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Jeff H.
    Jeff H.

    Thanks all! I'm still cool with this. Wondering what marathon I should sign up for next.

    over 4 years ago Like2 people

  • Jeff H.
    Jeff H.

    @Freddy, I did recognize you! Several people yelled my name the whole time so it was hard to tell as I was zipping by (in the first 15 miles).

    over 4 years ago Like1 person

  • Candace P.
    Candace P.

    LA is in March :) I will save my smart ass comments about butterflies for another day. It sucks when you get dizzy-that happens to me in the heat. I read something one time that said if you r a runner and u run long enough, u will have a dnf. It's just another lovely experience we put ourselves through!

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Lynn W.
    Lynn W. Get Better
    Get Better:

    OH NO! That sucks. Hope you are ok. Sounds like you ran out of fuel. It happens. You'll get em next time. The best thing is that every race is a learning experience. Hope you feel better soon.

    over 4 years ago

  • John T.
    John T.

    It takes effort just to show up, so yeah, run it again another day! I also got another theory: one of the volunteers must've spiked the gatorade with vodka. I know the folks at IIT do give away some beer. Sure you did not mistake them for an aid station?

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Tony L.
    Tony L. You Rock
    You Rock:

    Wow...first, well done on not "being brave" or, put another way, stupid. Glad you stopped and didn;t risk something worse. Your pace was truly excellent, so you are to be roundly congratulated for that, sir! I even sent you a mini guitar...

    over 4 years ago

  • Jonathan S.
    Jonathan S. Nice Job
    Nice Job:

    Good job being a good Jeff. Keep up the fucking Jeffing, dude.

    over 4 years ago

  • Brian A.
    Brian A.

    Smart man; there will be other marathons. Don't let any of this diminish your progress and efforts this year.

    over 4 years ago Like

  • Chanthana You Rock
    You Rock:

    We'll always have a spot for you at The Chanthana Marathon. You made the right choice to DNF and keep yourself intact. Certainly live to run another day. Hope the first 15 were fun :)

    over 4 years ago