Michelle ran: The race on Saturday ...

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  • 26 miles
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  • 2450 calories
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big cottonwood marathon 26.2 mi

The race on Saturday was beautiful, especially the first 15 miles... then it was a tough section of 15-23 with climbing after having run a fast downhill section. Mark and I both ate something bad on Friday for lunch. We think it was the salad we had at lunch. I woke up with a sharp, uncomfortable stomach ache that didn't go away and just got worse. The 4 pre-race bathroom trips (in an hour) were unusual, I thought maybe it was nerves.. it would go away. I tried just focusing on the course and the scenery and my form, but the pain and discomfort in the GI tract just would not go away. We both made more porta potty than ever. It was really unpleasant, seems like a mild form of food poisoning. I tried to stay positive and think it would go away but I just felt worse as the miles went on. My quads felt like they would cramp. I thought what's the point of finishing I really felt pretty ill. I wanted to get on a sag wagon and get a ride to the finish after several miles of taking lots of walk breaks and feeling ill.. but the truck was full so I just kept up a walk/jog to the next aid station. I was ok with not finishing, but then a man started talking to me on the course and him and his friend were so kind and encouraging. It was probably the roughest part of the race mentally and emotionally where I just cried as soon as he started talking to me and then he told me some stories and I started jogging again. His other friend saw me walk again and it took my hand and said come on you're finishing this. So with my two new friends and some orange slices and PowerAde we ran most of the last 3 miles with a few walk breaks. They were such gentleman and fun to talk to. It took my mind off my stomach ache and that point the urgency for the porta potty subsided. One of them was on his way to PR so I ran with them to make sure he got his PR and he did by 10 mins or so. That ended up being the best part of the race.
Wasn't the race we hoped for.. not even close... but it was still a good trip, saw some friends, made some new ones, saw moose on the side of the course. Utah is beautiful and the people are kind.... My ego hurts a bit but I know it's ok it just wasn't meant to be.. That's the thing with marathons sometimes you can train and visualize and hope for it to be a good day but one tainted salad or whatever it was just changes everything. So I was glad the race had a happy ending with helping a stranger PR after they helped me go from being sad and defeated to making jokes and encouraging strangers.
Blue kinvaras...

  • Michelle

    aww thank you Chris! much appreciated

    about 4 years ago Like1 person

  • April R.
    April R.

    Sorry it didn't go the way you had hoped. I have had too many races like that, so I know how you feel. It's hard to make everything click right at the right time and achieve that perfect race, but you do it enough, and eventually it will happen. Glad you were able to turn it around and salvage things after all that. Just knowing you finished under those conditions will make you feel mentally stronger for the next one.

    about 4 years ago Like1 person

  • Michelle

    thank you April!! it happens, i got over it pretty quick after i accepted the fact that sometimes these things happen. will be texting you soon to plan a run once im recovered and back to training for NYC :)

    about 4 years ago Like1 person

  • Chris
    Chris You're an Inspiration
    You're an Inspiration:

    Wow, what a test of perseverance! Great job Michelle. A marathon has it's own woes, never mind throwing unexpected body issues into the mix. You're amazing!

    about 4 years ago