Life is all about curveballs, right? Or improvising? Whatever you want to call it. I went into Saturday’s race intending to complete a marathon, but instead downgraded to the half marathon instead. I am okay with the decision, but a little bummed considering that I was hoping to be one of the World Record runners. But, it really was probably the smartest decision for me to make. More on that a little later.
This World Record attempt has been in the works actually for at least the last couple of years. Tim Gill tried to do it last year, but had to cancel due to lack of participation and people backing out last minute. He wanted to try it again this year not just to get the record, but to use it as a fundraiser for the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Not only did I commit to be a part of the team, but I offered to help him with it and so I was made one of the team captains.
Besides helping to promote the World Record attempt and getting team members, I also helped strategize the roping system. And, then on Friday night at the packet pickup helped put it together. It was quite the feat and adventure just leading up to the race. Especially getting, maintaining and replacing runners. The old record was 77 runners, so we just had to finish with 78 to break the record.
But, that’s easier said than done. We had over 100 runners register for the team, but then we lost about 15 runners leading up to the race. So we double checked runners’ commitment and registered more runners as well. Alas, on Saturday we started with 88 runners on the chain … enough to break the record. Of course we anticipated that we might lose some of the runners over the 26.2 miles that gave us somewhat of a cushion.
We started off 20 minutes before the marathon began because we knew we would be rather slow. We were anticipating about a 6 hour marathon. But, we underestimated the bathroom breaks. We averaged about 20 minutes at each bathroom break, especially the first couple stops. There was only one Honey Bucket at these stops and while that slowed us down I don’t know much it would have helped having more restrooms? It still would have been rather slow.
Since Tim and I were up front controlling the pace, we set to walk the two big hills of the race on Antelope Island as to save the group’s energy for the last half of the race which was all flat. This was easier said than done, being a taller runner I couldn’t get a good candace, which killed my stride. My stride was more like a shuffle and over the first 11 miles it started killing my hip and IT band. I knew around mile 10 I would have to probably drop.
I told Tim that I was hurting and I tried the best that I could to push through it. But, the more I did it the more it slowed me down. By mile 11, I told Tim I was done. So I was cut from the team. I was bummed. I wanted to finish with them. I knew I could have probably pushed through it on my own, but with me leading the team it wasn’t fair for them. Some of the runners on the team were already a bit frustrated with the pit stops and pace and were just anxious to be done.
Running is a very individual sport and so it’s very rare to have to make that decision for the betterment of the team. By me cutting myself from the team I knew it was the right decision. I resolved to get myself at least 13.1 miles so I could finish the half marathon — which I did. Actually, I got in over 16 miles altogether. But, I didn’t leave the team I continued to cheer them on and support them throughout the race. I was still a team captain.
After mile 14, Tim cut his cord too. His achilles got re-injured and he didn’t want to hold back the team or further injure it. So he joined Heather and I supporting the team. We helped pass out water and Powerade at aid stations and whatever support needed between stations. We took pictures as well … not just for fun, but for documentation for Guinness. And, we just helped keep their spirits high throughout the race.
Tim and I got out at the last mile and ran with the runners to the finish line. For many this was their longest marathon. It took the team over seven and a half hours. My longest marathon was seven hours, but I anticipated that since I was sweeping the course. But, for many of the runners, they would finish marathon in 3-4 hours. Either way you looked at it, it was tough.
After documenting the runners crossing the finish line we officially broke the record with 82 runners that started and finished the marathon chained together! I was so happy, not for myself, but for the runners. It was tough. Tempers flared, people got sick, people pushed through pain, but many runners countered that with encouraging and pushing others along the way. It was actually a rather neat experience seeing that happen over the 26.2 miles.
Though, I myself, didn’t become a World Record runner, I still am a part of the World Record officially as a team captain. So I guess I can officially check that off on my bucket list. It’s still not the same, but it was a great experience that I will remember.
My IT band is still kinda sore and I’ve been focusing on just stretching and babying it some. I’ve got a lot of running ahead of me. Luckily, my next couple of races I am sweeping, but I have Snow Canyon (Nov. 7) and my 50K the following week (Nov. 14). I don’t want to permanently injure myself so I can’t do my 50K.
I am sure I will be fine. The focus now is resting it and focusing on other areas of my body to exercise in the meantime.
But, congratulations to all the runners who completed the marathon, especially all those that made this their first marathon. What an experience and thing to be proud of!
These are a bunch of my race pictures from the Layton Marathon, but I took MANY more pictures that can be seen in my Facebook album of the race. Check them out here.
Getting ready to set a World Record! 88 runners! #laytonmarathon #race109 #guinnessworldrecord #running A photo posted by Running180™ (@running180) on
It’s mile 8 and all I want now is a buffalo burger. #laytonmarathon #race109 #guinnessworldrecord #running A photo posted by Running180™ (@running180) on
SLIGHTLY bummed. Had to downgrade to the half and break myself from the World Record team. I hurt my hip around nine and to not affect the team or future races I decided to drop after 13.1. I’m fine with it, but I’m still supporting my teammates until the end! #laytonmarathon #race109 #guinnessworldrecord #running A photo posted by Running180™ (@running180) on
The World Record Team at mile 17! Going strong! #laytonmarathon #race109 #guinnessworldrecord #running A photo posted by Running180™ (@running180) on
Had to downgrade my full to the half, but I’m okay with it. I decided to bow out to avoid further hip/IT band injury. Plus, I didn’t want to hold back my team, especially considering I was in the front. I still got 16+ miles in during the race and I stayed until the end to support the team to the end. Seeing them push through it all was inspiring! But, we set the new World Record! Reason enough to celebrate! #laytonmarathon #race109 #guinnessworldrecord #running @running180 @fight4phat @mejosher A photo posted by Running180™ (@running180) on
NEXT RACE: THE HAUNTED HALF – SLC
My next race isn’t until the 24th when I sweep the Haunted Half here in SLC once again. I swept the course last year and had a blast. I am looking forward to this course since it changed from last year. Instead of ending in Memory Grove it’s ending in Sugar House Park. It’s more downhill than years’ past … should be a blast!
You can sign up here.
THE BUGOUT RUN THIS WEEKEND!
We’re having a Bugout Run this Saturday here in the Salt Lake area. For those that are a bit unfamiliar with the concept of The Bugout Run this is an endurance event that mixes running, hiking and emergency preparedness all together.
It’s a way for the participants to put into action their preparedness. Often we buy the gear and supplies, but don’t really know how to put it into action. This provides that avenue to do so.
Each event provides the participants a scenario in which they have to respond and prepare for. We help assess their preparedness before our trail run/hike and during the event we also have a challenge that can be either a mixture of physical and mental.
If you are interested in joining us, the event is FREE. This Saturday’s race will be in the Salt Lake area. The definite location will be announced around Thursday. It wouldn’t be a Bugout if we gave you ALL the information beforehand, right?
Sign up here via our Facebook event page.
MONTHLY MILEAGE UPDATE 2015Total Mileage Breakdown for 2015 2015 Training Miles – 215.0 miles 2015 Walking Miles – 355.8 miles 2015 Race Miles – 369.05 miles 2015 Total Miles – 939.85 miles Monthly Total Miles for 2015 January – 78.8 miles February – 72.85 miles March – 115.3 miles April – 76.3 miles May – 97.4 miles June – 131.15 miles July – 101.65 miles August – 110.2 miles September – 115.69 miles October – 46.5 miles
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