A Marathon Cut Short
You guys have made me feel so awesome with all of your comments and congratulations on the marathon! Thank you!! I am so lucky to have such great support from family and friends. My aunt even sent me flowers today at working with a note that said “hope these make your legs feel better” 🙂
I slept until around 7 this morning before getting ready for work. Surprisingly my legs feel alright! I’m definitely sore in my right knee which causes me to walk just a little funny, but I’m okay as long as I don’t have to climb stairs. And now my back is starting to hurt randomly. I’m making sure to walk around at work so that my legs don’t cramp up, but I think I’m going to wait a few more days until I try some light elliptical or biking.
Stretchy pants = necessary
I still wasn’t very hungry this morning, but finally around 9:30 am I dug into a breakfast cookie. I prepared it the same way as last time and it tasted just as delicious.
My hunger finally caught on and I was ready for lunch three hours later. Not craving anything still, but hungry. I packed a Dr. Praeger’s burger with spinach, hummus, red pepper, and avocado on sprouted grain bread. I also had some asparagus and an apple.
And for dessert, a mini Cashew Cookie Lara Bar from the expo!
A Marathon Cut Short:
As I mentioned, the weather for yesterday’s race was much hotter than any of the runners were prepared for. After training through winter, the 70-80 degree heat added considerable difficulty for many. This morning I found out that around 800 runners were actually diverted from the full marathon course and forced to cut back to a half-marathon.
Before the race started the directors had decided that if the temperature reached 73 degrees they would close the course. At around 9:05 am St. Louis hit that temperature and any runners that hadn’t reached the 9 mile mark were told to turn around with the half marathon runners. While some of these runners were certainly slowed by the heat, plenty of them were right on target with their pace. The runners that trained for and fully intended to run a 5 to 6 hour marathon were not allowed to continue despite being on pace to finish within the 6 1/2 hour time limit.
I understand that the decision was made for safety purposes, but I would have been so upset if I had put in such hard work only to be told I couldn’t even attempt to complete my goal.
What do you think? Should the race directors have allowed the runners to continue and use the alloted time limit to do their best, or was it right to make them turn around less than halfway in?