Delaware Marathon Race Recap #delawaremarathon

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A Little About Wilmington Delaware: 

*Swedish governor  Colonel Johan Printz, ruled the colony under Swedish law from 1643 to 1653

* growth occurred during the Civil War

*ships, railroad cars, gunpowder, shoes, and other war-related goods gave growth to the city during the civil war because of high demand

*Riots and civil unrest  occurred in the city in 1968  when Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr was assassinated 

* the largest city in the state of Delaware

* known for  humid subtropical climate, with cool to cold winters, hot, humid summers, and much precipitation

*Wilmington is the nation’s most dangerous small city in the US

*highest per capita rates of HIV infection in the United States

*credit card industry is the driving force of their economy 

*State of Delaware & Christiana Care Health System are the top two employers

My Marathon Experience 

Here is another race that I really am not inspired to write much about. I still would like to share a few things so I will just list The Good, The Bad & From A Runner’s Perspective . Two days later and I am able to put into words my experience, so here it goes. 

Now I have a clear head I can articulate my frustrations about the Delaware Marathon, and not just use a bunch of curse words. The one thing that made me the most angriest about this race is on the course there were pedestrians walking around. In other words it ran through an area that was not closed down to runners. I had a hard time keeping concentration, trying to work my way around the park visitors. It was like I was not even in a race at times.

The course was not well marked and twice I almost got lost. I really believe that on an individual level that it is important to stay positive, (that you can control how you feel), but it was a challenge for me Sunday. Also with the humidity I was like a car that over heated, and I just found out that being on your cycle your body gets over heated faster. I lost allot of water and the blood that I needed to go to my muscles went to the surface of my skin to cool me down.

My biggest fear and the reason I gave up on this race was not that though, but my right foot ankle started to hurt. I have been warned of and an injury and I am glad I was, because if not I would have pushed myself and gotten hurt. I was so distracted I had to turn my music off.  It was a little blessing from heaven because three ladies on their porches clapped when I ran by and it pushed me to keep on trucking. Small Races like these with only 600 or so marathoners you probably don’t need music as a another distraction. 

There were cars that were being stopped on a case by case bases and Mary a Marathon Maniac told me she almost got run over by a car. When I ran in PA there were similar distractions, but I loved the rural journey through the farmlands. I guess you can say If I had to learn a lesson from this race is that I still need to work on my character/attitude. It was a race I almost walked away from, but when I look at the cost it would have been a loss I did not see worth taking. So I just walked when I had to and ran when I could, with the last 6 miles being the most difficult part of the journey.

The Good:

* Great race swag! Hat, drinking glass, tech tee, 2 gues, & baggie 

* Lots of shade for the most part

* Beautiful Course 

* I just learned something about myself from running this race… I am not a realist

The Bad:

*Humidity  

*Pot Holes 

*No Pacers

* Started this race at the wrong pace and ruined my chance of a strong finish

*ankle and hip-joint pain…ashamed to say I did a lot of walking

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I did much worse than I thought, but there were warning signs…hip joint discomfort…and right ankle discomfort…like everyone warned me…no sense in risking an injury…but at the same time I did not want to walk off the course and not at least grab a medal and complete the state of Delaware.

 From A Runner’s Perspective:

Johnathan P. “Most people hit a wall during one race, your wall was what about 3.8 marathons. You’ve been killing it, you shouldn’t feel disappointed But we understand why you do.”

Julie G “No shame in walk breaks…they allow you to relax for a moment and recharge. ..Go girl!!”

Stephani I “You will finish. That is what matters. Stay strong”

Bob B “I have so much respect for you and all those who are out there putting one foot down after the other that long. I’ve never run that long. You are amazing to stick with it like that.”

Tina G “Not all of us can run it in 4 hours. It takes a lot of perseverance to run a marathon for ALL of us. And, I believe no less dedication than for those who run it “faster” than average. Some runners are so awesome to support EVERYONE. Some, not so. I take my lead from the runners with grace and class who congratulate everyone on the journey! xx The marathon is a beast and is one serious challenge. EvERY run is a stepping stone. And sometimes a race is not about the time you finish. … you keep training, stay healthy and your goals will be realized. We all have rough runs!! But I truly think that it is what we do with the crappy runs…(as in see it as a stepping stone and not swell on the BAD – or let that bring us down) … that give us the character. I have work to do to get me under the 5 hour mark. But I need to dig deep and believe in MYSELF. It is my job to do that. No ones else is out there running MY race right?”

 Kristy B “You did great! One thing I know, when your running so many marathons close together you’ll notice that not giving the body time to recover in between, you have to do exactly what you just did and listen to the body and ease off so you don’t bring on injury! I agree with Andy below, not every race is going to be great more often the goal will just be to finish, but if you listen to your body you’ll get them done!”

Andy W “I think you ran smart- easing off, listening to your body, but not giving up on the goal when you felt you could get through it. Not all 50 will go perfectly, but you’ll get them.”

Comments

  1. says

    I agree, don’t be ashamed to say you walked! Heck I know a few 3:30 marathon runners who will tell you they even walk at times to recover, especially around the 23rd mile.
    When you are doing them so close, think of them all as one big marathon, and aim for a finish at each, not a personal best. Sure you’re going to have a few races that go awesome, but most of the time PR’s and speed are something you will have to sacrifice so you can get through it and get the finish. Save your personal best times for when you are running less races and have time to prepare and gear towards those individually:)
    So I say be proud of your accomplishment and don’t be sad about any of it. You still did something incredible that less than 1% of the world will ever get a chance to try!
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  2. says

    Nothing wrong with walking at all. I’ve only finished one of my 9 marathons without walking. Especially on a hot and humid day? that really drains your energy anyway.

  3. says

    The first advice I give runners is don’t listen to me. The second piece of advice I give is get a good coach, or at least a good training plan to hit whatever goals you have. #iamnotacoach I’m in awe of anyone who tries to tackle (or accomplish) the 50 marathons in 50 states goal. With my job (travel,) and at my age, I have given up on the notion of going for 50 states. I have friends that are in the process of going after it, and run several in a year which sounds like that is one of your goals and recent pattern. Those that I know that do this do not necessarily go after time goals (translation; race fast or even necessarily a BQ.) I met a couple in the airport who ran a marathon that I ran in and they were headed out to run one the following weekend. I could barely walk. They shared that they ran it much, much slower to be able to begin to think about racing again so soon. Unless you’re a professional runner, (and this even applies to them,) the body needs time to recover after a mary. You’ve been at an insane pace (of races.) For me personally, I can’t run fast AND often at distance. Perhaps you go after that BQ if that’s your highest priority with the right training and not killing yourself by racing a mary every month. My guess is you’re young enough to get the 50 goal too. Just may be tough to do it all at once. Regardless, I admire your enthusiasm, and moxy to get after it.
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