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Naperville Marathon

Post by Bean Counter on Wed Nov 11, 2015 5:09 pm

I have not been very active on here as life has been hectic since the year started. The year started on a positive note as I had just started a new job, but then early February my wife woke up to find me having a seizure and then going into cardiac arrest. Fortunately for both of us, she is a Nurse Practitioner with both ICU and ER experience. Anyway, she brought me back to life, but after a week in the hospital, they never did figure out the root cause, so I left with some insurance policies....a prescription for Kepra (anit-seizure medication) and an ICD. At the time, I was training for the Illinois Marathon in late April. That plan went out the door as I could not run for 6 weeks while they let the ICD heal up. Neither the Cardiologist, the device clinic or the Neurologist had any issues with me running the half marathon in place of the full. It was actually a blessing in disguise as they end up cancelling the race about 3 hours in due to some nasty weather.

Anyway, I applied for the Global Heroes, but did not get in. I did get notification that I was an alternate. Next year.

I decided to register for a local marathon that was this past Sunday. I had a pretty good training cycle building my mileage from 55 miles per week up to 70. I did manage to get sick while we were on vacation in September (I think it was my body forcing me to take some rest) and then again during my taper. Anyway, I ended up taking 5 days off from running and did a few short runs during my 3rd week of taper. I showed up to the starting line very rested. Very Happy

When I started my training program, I had a best case scenario of <3:25, but after having just come off of being sick, I decided that would not happen. I decided to shoot for <3:30. The race day weather was perfect; about 40 degrees at start and sunny. I did a pretty good job of managing my pace, and stayed slightly ahead of the 3:30 pace group. They caught up to me around mile 20 and I hung with them through mile 23, then the wheels fell off and I focused on just finishing and no walking. I kept doing the math after each mile and figured I could at least beat my post open heart surgery PR of 3:37:36. I had to work for it, but I did cross the line at 3:36:31 and had nothing left in me....I left everything out on that course.

On my facebook page, I did sum up this race as follows:

5 Ironmans and 15 marathons and this is probably the one medal that means the most to me. I have medals associated with the Boston marathon, medals associated with bad races and medals associated with <3 hr marathons. My fascination with endurance sports is that they will peel you like an onion all the way down to the core to see what you are really made of. Today I got a reminder of that. With the health issues that I have had over the years, I am so grateful that I can still get out there and play.

I will most likely never run as fast as I once did, but today I left everything out on that course and kept pushing along when things did not go as well as I hoped. I could have easily scaled it back and just use my heart as an excuse (the only one I am trying to impress is myself), but I kept pushing (and wound up with a post heart surgery PR).

I was once asked what are the 3 most important things in my life and I answered my wife, my cats and running.

My plan now is to rest of a bit (hoping to get out for a few easy miles later in the week), start building up my mileage and focusing on the Illinois Marathon (late April). I am also going to try and fit the Heart Mini into my schedule.
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Post by LMRun on Wed Nov 11, 2015 8:10 pm

Congratulations on your marathon, such an awesome achievement for what you have gone through this year with your health.  

Love your statement: "grateful that I can still get out there and play."  That's what it is all about.  Smile

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Post by RoadKillBill on Thu Nov 12, 2015 5:59 am

Well done, BC! Over the years I have read your posts on various forums and have always been impressed with your physical and mental resilience and your determination. Glad to hear you are doing better after your misadventures several months ago. Stay well!

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Post by Dave Tuttle on Thu Nov 12, 2015 7:16 am

Congratulations on the PR Bean Counter! I love your grit.

Amazingly good fortune that your wife had the skills to save you!

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Re: Naperville Marathon

Post by echoguy on Thu Nov 12, 2015 7:32 pm

Thanks for the details BC!!!
Nice run and I look forward to running with you one day.

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Post by Gary E on Sun Nov 15, 2015 9:24 pm

Haven't been on this site in a while, and just noticed this posting. Wow! Very impressive. I can't wait to meet you in person someday. Perhaps at the Heart Mini next year.  Great write-up, race, attitude, and fabulous outlook on life.
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Post by jerseyguy on Sat Nov 21, 2015 11:28 am

I am continually humbled by the accomplishments of others, particularly in the face of adversity. You have my sincere congratulations on a job well done. Hope to meet you some day....perhaps in the Twin Cities?

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