After the Fargo Marathon in May I decided to take a couple of weeks and figure out what I wanted. What I wanted to get in much better shape, and run a marathon much faster than I had in Fargo. So in looking at my schedule I found a race pretty close by up in Mississippi and decided I would target that one for my next marathon. I have to say that this 2nd marathon didn’t turn out much better than the 1st. Yes I ran a quicker time, but it came at a cost. I was still not quite certain about how to go about running a marathon. This lack of knowledge contributed to a complete crash and burn. I was running (what I thought) was a great race up until about the 17 mile mark. I remember vividly feeling my body start to shut down. By mile 20 I was in full scale survival mode. All of the muscles in my legs from my calves to quads completely locked up. When I say completely, I mean completely. Thankfully, I stumbled upon the medical tent at mile 20 and the EMT in there gave me a salt pill and told me to drink a bottle of Gatoraide. I was in that tent for about 5 minutes and then off I went again to tackle the remaining 6 miles. At about mile 22 my legs loosened up and I was able to finish relatively strong. As it turns out, I developed a condition called hyponutremia. Basically, this amounts a sodium imbalance. To much water, not enough salt in a nutshell. You see I screwed up on the first 13 miles and didn’t drink any thing. I was running with another guy and we got to talking and I just “missed” every water stop. I tried to make up for it after the fact but the damage had been done. I sweat a LOT when I workout and that combined with drinking to much water, created an imbalance. Thankfully, no lasting damage. In the end, I survived, and ran about 22 minutes quicker than I had in Fargo…but I wasn’t done yet….in fact, I was just getting started!
Marathon Finishing Time: 4:13:47 (9:41 per mile pace)