Monday, April 16, 2007

Broken on Boylston

I had been out less than a minute when I came back to conscious, resting against a telephone pole, and surrounded by three runners. That's what I remember about the water table near the 30 kilometer marker.

Uhhhh boyh. It was that kind of day.

What started out as an easy, fluid, feeling strong pace, ended with five episodes of vomiting, one black out, and run-stopping leg cramps.

A paramedic offered to drive me to the finish line.
I refused.
I ran the rest of the course,
on my own power,
on my own terms,
in my own time.

And thank you to all of you who followed along and left some comment luv.

Oh, and Kim, you rocked the race reports too. Happy to hear your TNT buddies had a good race. Plus, Nancy Toby, you're always sunshine on a rainy day. Thanks for broadcasting the updates to the TRI-DRS peeps.

A more detailed report will follow but for now... I'm off to get some ZZZZZZZZ's and recover.

Oh, before I forget... look what was waiting for me in my hotel room.















Ahhhh... finishing tastes so sweet.

Stay tuned...

24 comments:

TriSaraTops said...

WOW. I can't even IMAGINE what it was like out there...first off, I'm glad you're SAFE. Secondly, I'm glad you finished. Way to perservere!

Looking forward to hearing all about it...for now, rest up, dry off, and warm up, friend!

Kewl Nitrox said...

YOU MADE IT!!!!

I watched the weather report safe and warm in tropical Singapore, and it warned that the Boston Marathon may be cancelled this year. Kudos to you for making it despite the freakish weather!

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

Good job finishing on your own terms. What brutal weather!

TxSkatemom said...

one foot in front of the other, with a telephone pole every now and again for support... what a champion! congrats. You'll cherish this finish for a long time to come, I bet.

Kim said...

wow, what an incredible feat boom, to have recovered from all your ailments and to FINISH the race RUNNING!!!!

how was your stay at the millenium? were you able to get some good eats last night?

Nitsirk said...

Wow, great job on finishing. That is truly impressive. I am a Boston native and I have never run the marathon (maybe someday if I ever get faster) and I have the utmost respect for those taking the challenge. This year was especially challenging, way to show that race what you are made of!

Nancy Toby said...

Holy moly, Boomer, sounds like an awful day, but you persevered!!

Did you figure out why you had such problems? Illness? Hydration? Sodium?? Sounds pretty nasty!!

Have a speedy recovery!!

Iron Pol said...

Glad to hear you finished. I had you tracked through 30K, and was constantly frustrated at the delays with the athlete tracker reporting speed (kind of like IM races).

Awesome job finishing in very rough conditions.

Faithful Soles said...

Fantastic job, and way to persevere! I am glad you are safe, that's what matters most. Now wear your pewter Boston Marathon bling with pride!

Laurie said...

Oh my. I'm glad to hear that you toughed it out and finished in one piece.

Congratulations Boston marathoner!

Lance Notstrong said...

Way to go Triboomer. I've said it before, but I'll say it again....."you're the man".

Donald said...

Ugh. What a tough one. Way to hang in there and finish. Can't wait to hear the report.

the Dread Pirate Rackham said...

Oh man. Can't wait to hear details - glad you're OK - and you FINISHED!!

Mike said...

Brian-

I'm so glad you hung in there and got it done ! Kudos for the valiant effort.
You'll cruise thru the next one.

Cheers,

mike

Allez said...

I second what Lance said :-)

SixTwoThree said...

Yea, you did it! I'm glad you didn't let Heartbreak Hill break your spirit! Glad you finished okay. Bet that champagne tasted great afterwards.

SixTwoThree said...

Yea, you did it! I'm glad you didn't let Heartbreak Hill break your spirit! Glad you finished okay. Bet that champagne tasted great afterwards.

Cara said...

Way to stick it out Brian! I'm glad you made it in one piece. I was thinking of you yesterday as I was experiencing the not so great weather here in CT as well. Can't wait to hear the full report! :)

Wendy said...

Boomer, you are amazing. Truly amazing.

Lori said...

Brian,

EKU is so proud of you! Congrats on the finish and on your perseverance. Look forward to chatting with you soon...

Papa Louie said...

Way to go with a strong will and determination of finishing on your own terms. I thought it was easy then when the hills + the weather added up I was spent after 30K too. But we finished. Good job.

Running Jayhawk said...

Wow. And you've lived to tell the tale!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You've got some guts buddy. Some big effin guts.

T-Guy J said...

Congrats Boomer...

Not a fun day to be out there watching, let alone running.

Way to Go,

T-Guy J (a.k.a. - IronJay)

Brent Buckner said...

Congratulations!

Your day on your terms sounds great.