At the end of 2011 I was thinking ahead to the running season of 2012. I made the decision to NOT run a full marathon this year, 2012. I decided TO run 10 half marathons. When I was struggling with not running a full, I made the decision to volunteer instead. I was going to do a water stop since the local running club mans the 5 mile stop every year but instead became a medical volunteer.
I got up at 3am. I got ready and dressed. I do mean dressed, one short sleeve tech, a long sleeve tech, a skiing base layer, a windbreaker, hat and gloves, wool socks and winter running tights. It was 38. Why? Because I am not running that is why!! If I had been running it would have been 80+ like the last few years!
I live about 45 minutes from Chicago. I drove in and parked at Soldier Field. I walked about 1 mile to the medical tent area. They wanted us there by 5am. I got my medical credentials, my coat and hat..did I mention that was a big draw…Nike jacket and hat…and breakfast. They hustled us off to some buses and then took us to our aid stations.
Somehow I got Aid Station 1. That is at mile 1.6. It was mighty cool out I must admit. We got dropped at our area and there was a tent there with a HUGE box of supplies, we set things up…cooling blankets got left in the box..snicker. We had 2 doctors, 2 nurses, an EMT, a pharmacy student and 4 nursing students.
So we set up and there were supposed to be bathrooms on the other side of the intersection we were at but instead, they were behind our medical tent and a bit hard to see. They have a guy on a raised platform and he has a bullhorn and announces water, gatorade and then that medical tent and bathrooms were on the left. We stood in the intersection to keep the crowd out and an open area for runners to duck back into the bathrooms and YES a lot of people went even at mile 1.6! The guy on the bullhorn was getting tired as the time went on..40,000 runners and wheelchair division is a lot of folks. So at the end the guy is yelling,” gatorade first block, water second block. Medical and bathrooms on the left. LEFT for cripe sakes!!!” I was hysterical…we were all cracking up!
I spent quite bit of time yelling, “BATHROOMS!” and waving my arms wildly..can’t you see it? LOL I was frozen like a popsicle!
I was pretty cool to see the top runners go past, I must admit.
We finished up there…all gazillion people past us and we packed back up. Now the streets are littered with the throw away clothes..hats, gloves, shirts and coats. I got Asics pants and jacket, a Ralph Lauren fleece jacket, 2 shirts and a warm up jacket. All neatly stuffed into my backpack..smile. I also helped a homeless lady find matching gloves, two sets and a coat and get them on. The city gathers up all the clothes and they are donated to shelter around the city.
After the clean up we went back to the finish line and the main medical tent. There were 100 medical beds and about 30 ICU level. We worked in teams and saw nauseated, vomiters, hypothermia, hyperthermia…yes that is correct, rectal temp 106..he got an ice bath in the cold, muscle cramp so bad the man was howling and some change in blood pressures.
I was with nursing students. They got a nice experience and due to the cold we had many less who needed assistance.
I was outside waiting for the sick to start coming when my friend Andy crossed the line at 2:31! WOW!!!! He was number 80…holy crap right?! It was great, I got walk with him down the shoot and a bit for recovery..get him some gatorade and give him a great big hug…
It was a long day..we were let go about 3pm. I stood and watched some of the end folks run in..It still gave me a rush and made me remember why I did it. That feeling..when you cross the finish…the phenomenal feeling of success…. that, well it is hard to put it into words… but I was so proud of each person I saw cross..so very proud and pleased I was there to share in their experience.
Until next year…to run or not to run…that is the question.
A bit cold and raining but more so a sore IT so taking it easy. Foam rolled last night and biked somewhat easy this am. Will foam roll again tonight. I will see how I feel with long run in am.
- Type: Cycle
- Date: 10/05/2012
- Time: 05:30:00
- Total Time: 00:30:00.00
- Calories: 347
- Distance: 8.1 miles
- Average Speed: 16.2 mph
- Average Power: 99
Number 7 in the books. I had the pleasure of running in Boston. It was a 13.1 Series race which I had never done. In an area I had not raced.
The race course is on the ocean edge. What a spectacular view. It was a beautiful day to run with mild temps, a nice breeze and lovely scenery. The race was small compared to the 20,000+ from last week with about 2K only. It starts at Suffolks Downs Race Course. You leave from the horse start gates..kind of cool.
The course takes you out of the race course and through some streets and then onto the ocean front road. It was an up and down on the coast line and then back around to the race course area. It was a nice race and I felt much better after last weeks cement fest.
Number 8 coming up with all my Michigan friends….. see ya soon
- Type: Run
- Date: 09/16/2012
- Time: 07:00:00
- Total Time: 2:20:48.00
- Calories: 1560
- Distance: 13.22 miles
- Average Pace: 10:39.43/mile
- Ascent: 41 ft
Had some travel issues and delays..back from Boston a day late related to tornadoes there. I was a bit wrung out and rested a bit.
- Type: Run
- Date: 09/22/2012
- Time: 07:00:00
- Total Time: 1:36:13.00
- Calories: 1100
- Distance: 9.29 miles
- Average Pace: 10:21.76/mile
- Ascent: 55 ft
- Descent: 50 ft
A quick shake out run after a stiff week and a flight. Cool, rainy and hilly with tree lined streets….lovely.
- Type: Run
- Date: 09/15/2012
- Time: 10:00:00
- Total Time: 00:30:21.00
- Calories: 329
- Distance: 2.8 miles
- Average Pace: 10:49.82/mile
- Ascent: 84 ft