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Running with the Devil 1/2 Marathon

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Jul 25, 2005



Goal Type:

Marathon Finish

Short-Term Running Goals:

  • 5/20 - beat the bridge 8k
  • 5/26 - magnuson series memorial day 5k
  • 6/16 - magnuson series seattle solstice 5k 
  • SUMMER - CNW all comers T&F series 
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  • 8/18 - magnuson series summer fitness day 10k
  • 9/30 - bellingham bay half marathon 
  • 10/13 - escalante canyons marathon
  • 11/25 - seattle half marathon 

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qualify for the 2020 olympic marathon trials in ATL (sub-2:45

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Race: Running with the Devil 1/2 Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:54:12, Place overall: 2
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

ouch. this race took so much out of me. heat. and a nasty convection-oven-like wind. and RELETNLESS hills. the course was out-and-back. hill after hill after hill. and i started out WAY too fast..........

pre-race: arrived at 11 am for weigh-in and ice-down.everyone seemed much more geared up than me. sun-suits, crazy hats, ice bandanas, ice head bands, etc. where did they get all this stuff ?  i had on my regular racing clothes and a water bottle. oh, and winter-white skin. yep, you could tell i was an out-of-towner and a newbie. the RD was so funny. she was dressed like the devil and was wearing bib #666.

noon: race starts. i take off way too fast. i blew the race right here. 6:52 for the first mile. HAHA. that was definitely my demise. at this point i was in third place; 1st female.

miles 2-5: i feel horrible already. i want to give out at mile 5. really i do.

mile 6: almost to the turn-around. there is an aid station so i stop. they refill my bottle with ice and i pour the whole thing over my head. then i drink some nasty HEED electrolyte drink. i eat some pretzels but then spit them out because i feel like i may puke. the saltiness was nice though. i leave with an iced towel over my head. this is when #2 girl (katie) catches up to me. she very much saved my life in this race.

miles 7-12: we hit the turn-around. i am running with katie. i find out she is from boulder city and she won the race last year. she is very nice and encouraging. just the fact that i have someone to talk to is wonderful. and its always better to feel crappy with someone else than to go at it alone. mile 9 -10 took forever. we stopped talking at this point. we were both running with our heads down just trying to survive. the aid station was at mile 10 and i have never wanted to stop so bad in my life. we drank some more HEED, dunked out clothes in the ice tanks, took some more ice towels, and got another bottle refill. this was the last aid to the end of the course, so i wanted to be sure i had enough water in me to make it to the end.

 mile 12.5: i really feel like i am on the verge of collapsing. sounds pathetic, i know, but i was feeling really really really bad. my HR was through the roof, and i was running 8:45 miles. not a good sign. i also started to get the chills---also not a good sign in the heat. my hands were so shaky that i could no longer get water from my bottle into my mouth.

i was still running with kaite when we came upon this guy who had collapsed. medical help was there, but he was in bad shape. they had put an IV in his arm and it was all bloody. it was when i saw this that i kind of panicked. i came here to run a race and take a nice trip. not die. ok, maybe that is dramatic, but still, i was way spooked when i saw that guy. at this point i fell off pace and let katie go. it was no longer worth it to me. i am just glad i could run with her for the second half of the race. i am not sure i would have made it otherwise.

13 - 13.1: longest .1 miles in the history of the universe. i was completely delerious when i crossed the line. i started rambling something about being cold to the guy who was removing my chip. i assure you i was not cold.

post race: talked with katie for awhile. we were both in bad shape. her voice was all shaky and she seemed out of it. we poured ice water all over ourselves multiple times. i hate being wet, especially when it's with ice water! but this never felt so good to me. 

so, a few lessons learned: the heat is REAL and it DOES affect race performance a TON. i started way too fast---no respect for the heat or the brutality of the course. but it came back to bite me.

we were required to have 20 oz. of water at all times. it drove me crazy to carry the bottle and it drove my stomach crazy that i kept drinking. if i am going to come to a race that has rules like this, i should probably train appropriately so that i am used to it.

overall, i am happy i did the race. it was fun in its own torturous kind of way and i met a lot of interesting and kind people. will i do it again? probably not. i don't know if i have the guts to put myself through that again. it was a different kind of fatigue and a different kind of pain than i have ever experienced before while racing. and it was very tough for me mentally. i had a harder time in this race than in most of the marathons i have run. the only exception is my extreme crash and burn at TOU 2007. otherwise, this race is at the top of the list, and it was only a half!

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From Bonnie on Sat, Jun 27, 2009 at 19:57:17 from

WOW!! What an extreme race Allie. You showed your toughness today!

From thedude on Sat, Jun 27, 2009 at 20:03:02 from

Next Badwater?? Marathon Des Sables? Well you finished, and you had a competitive time, good job!! Sounds like you bonked out. Those races like that are races of attrition, out last everybody else..... Finish is victory....

From JD on Sat, Jun 27, 2009 at 20:18:45 from

You certainly gave the devil his due today! Way to go, sounds brutal. I laughed out loud about the race director!

From jun on Sat, Jun 27, 2009 at 20:33:12 from

Holy Cow! That sounds absolutely brutal. Great job on the 2nd place and just finishing for that matter.

From Burt on Sat, Jun 27, 2009 at 21:10:51 from

Oh Allie. I don't understand why your misery makes me so happy. Just kidding. But that was a very enjoyable read because you have such a great attitude and fun writing skills.

From Merri on Sat, Jun 27, 2009 at 22:13:32 from

Nice job Allie, you finished an extremely hot and hard race! Way to go on 2nd place!

From Jon on Sun, Jun 28, 2009 at 00:29:52 from

Wow. Umm, crazy! Glad you ended up ok and learned the effects of heat in a non-permanent way. Good job hanging on for 2nd place.

From josse on Sun, Jun 28, 2009 at 01:07:41 from

All I can say is you crazy girl you. I don't think this is the best idea, but I could see myself doing it once too.

Great job on the 2nd place finish.

From Kelli on Sun, Jun 28, 2009 at 11:58:22 from

Way to finish a super tough race strong! Holy crud, why would people want to torture themselves like that??? Crazy runners. You did awesome. Heat saps the life out of you, I am so impressed you were able to finish so well.

Where was this race?

From sam Dean-Howard on Sun, Jun 28, 2009 at 17:31:16 from

Allie, fantasticly great loved the read up, well done, for 2nd lady, excellent, hope you gotta nice prize for such a race, ouch I dont do heat well!

Way to go tough girl :-)

From allie on Sun, Jun 28, 2009 at 17:54:17 from

thanks everyone for the comments. i think i'm finally re-hydrated...

kelli - the race was in boulder city, NV. about 30 min. outside of las vegas.

From fiddy on Sun, Jun 28, 2009 at 18:35:41 from

We're all completely nuts aren't we?

From Snoqualmie on Sun, Jun 28, 2009 at 19:27:23 from

Wow! That is some crazy toughness you've got. Take *really* good care of yourself this week and eat well - that sort of trauma can really do a number on your immune system. Congratulations on your strength and determination! And thanks for the wonderful report. It's fun to read when WE didn't have to experience it! ;)

From marion on Sun, Jun 28, 2009 at 21:28:10 from

HOLY SMOKES!!! That was one heck of a race. I am glad that you didn't die ;) Please don't do that one again. :) What a great experience... right??? ;D

xoxoxox BRAVO to you!!!

From JulieC on Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 00:04:48 from

Hey I am sure you noticed that if you ran last year you would have been first !!!!!! : D

From Jason McK on Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 12:18:54 from

Way to hang in there. So are you going to try "Running From an Angel" in January?

From Leandra on Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 14:41:02 from

Wow! I was completely consumed reading your race report, I can't even imagine running in that kind of heat. Way to go 2nd place! You did AMAZING!

From Smooth on Tue, Jun 30, 2009 at 22:02:22 from

HOW IN THE WORLD? Man!!! That's one CRAZY race!!! You Da Woman!!! WAY TO TOUGH out the devil!!! I am in awe! Thanks for sharing! CONGRATS on not only surviving but taking 2nd overall. INCREDIBLE!!!! DNews and TOU are gonna feel "heavenly", eh?

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