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Friday, May 16, 2014

Making the call


I get this "Texas runner and triathlete" magazine because it lists all sorts of cool events that aren't easy to find.  Then the other reason I love getting this magazine is it has absolutely hands down the best running and triathleting articles ever.  I used to get runners world and other runners magazines but the articles sucked.  This sucker absolutely rocks.  Back in February or so they had one article that I read but completely disagreed with.  This guy talked about a run he was going to do but it was raining that day and all sorts of bad mojo was in the air.  He did the event but declared after that near death experience that if he didn't feel right or the weather was not playing nice that he would just skip the race.  I thought that to be the dumbest thing to ever do.  Why would anyone sign up, pay, and not do a race because they knew it was going to be hell?
 
So back in April was the Oklahoma city memorial bombing marathon.  I had ran the inaugural event and I thought it would be fun to do it again this year.  I paid my money back in January and did my half-ass training (I really need to follow a program and not just randomly train) for the event.  Then April gets here and it is the worst allergy season ever on the planet.  Then the weekend of the race is nigh upon us and there is a slight 30mph wind, rain, and all the allergies you could possibly ever stick up any ones nose.  My plan was to survive long enough to cross the finish line.  Then as the miles went by and by, slower and slower, I then hit mile 14 and the wind off the lake was crazy bad and I then started to get light headed, blurred vision, and my legs were wobbling more than grandma's jello mold (sugar free of course because I am diabetic).  I then went to the last backup plan I had which was walk and take it easy but by mile 15 it went downhill and the people passing me all kept asking if I was OK and at that time I knew to find the mile 16 medic tent and call it a day. 
 
I guess life is a full circle and I just kept thinking about that article and now I knew what the writer was talking about.  This was already going to be the worst run ever and throw in a two hour rain and lightning delay and having to time the start and my BG's along with my headphones dying and I lost the 5hour pace setter so I didn't have to think about time and I should have just bailed on this run and never even thought about doing it.  So I went from thinking an article was dumb to now thinking it is right on the money.

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