Marathon #13 Race Report. Bad weather, Secret #71, and Personal Record.

Race Headquaters

Race Headquaters

What a marathon experience this was.  To me, it was like the beast that brought the runners together.  With the weather being so horrible, it seemed to bring the runners to a place where we understood, “We are a unique bunch of crazy people”  Twelve of us toed the starting line for the early start as we laughed about the 2-3 inches of snow on the ground and the pouring down snow/rain mix.  Despite the weather we were an energetic group ready to take part in the rare adversity of this marathon.  At 9:33 a.m. we took off together not knowing how things would end up.

The Leprechaun Marathon was filled with what seemed like a lifetime of weather.  For the first ten miles the snow/mix was coming down hard.  Since the course was not closed to traffic, every car that passed was spraying me with slush that was on the road.  Now that was cold and dirty stuff.  After awhile I tried to jump over the spraying slush so instead of hitting me from the waist down is was just soaking my feet.  Took three potty breaks in the first ten miles. HAHA 

From the half marathon point to mile 18 it just plain rained.  The snow had pretty much melted away so no more car splashing.  My clothes were so heavy from the wetness that they we rubbing me raw in many places.  Just part of the fun I guess.  Nothing I could do about it so I ended up just laughing at the adversity.  I could not change anything so I just had to do my best and try and keep my pace in line.  I was also alone for the entire race.  I never for even one minute ran with someone.  Since there was so few people, we were all spread out.  Then the most amazing thing happened………..

I hit mile 18 and the sun broke threw with staggering power.  It was bright and shining.  All I could think about at that moment was Secret Poster #71.  I had endured so much crazy stuff to get to mile 18.  It was not fun, it was not easy, it was not amusing in anyway; those first 18 miles were a conquering effort where I put one foot in front of the other and never gave up.  But I made it to a clearing.  I could have stopped and went home and I never would have experienced the break through.  So also were my thoughts regarding #71.  If 71 can just keep going through the worst of the junk they will make it to a clearing where things ease up for a minute and the joy comes back.  I even yelled out loud some choice words about mine and 71’s adversity.

But…………. it did not last long.  By the time I got to mile 22 it started to storm like crazy.  The rain was slamming down sideways very hard and the wind was blowing fast.  It took a big effort to keep up the pace and this wind and rain kept up until about 25.5 miles.  Once more, right when the last song on my playlist finished, the sun broke with splendor, and I crossed the finish line in 3:58.23.  A new personal record set in conditions that most people would have stayed home in.

The whole race was a lesson to me.  You don’t give up.  Even in the worst conditions amazing things can happen and if you can keep at it the yoke of adversity will break.  You will be released from the heavy load even if only for a moment.  Then….. it will come back!  So goes life, so goes marathoning.

31 Responses to “Marathon #13 Race Report. Bad weather, Secret #71, and Personal Record.”

  1. 1 Kim
    March 16, 2009 at 8:11 am

    Very incredibly encouraging! Way to perservere!

  2. March 16, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Jason, I hope you don’t mind, but I linked to this story on my blog 🙂 Training for my first marathon I am always so inspired to read your stories!! Thanks again and great job on the race!! Congrats on the personal record!

    • 4 run4change
      March 16, 2009 at 8:25 am

      Don’t mind at all and in fact I am honored that you would link to any of my posts. THank you

  3. 5 Leah
    March 16, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Quite inspiring that you a) ran in that god awful weather and b) you broke your personal record and c) that you ran sub 4:00! I truely admire your determination!

  4. March 16, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Wow, you have some drive! I did a bike “race” last fall for the National MS Society, and almost dropped out because of the rain. I don’t know if I could have done what you did and plowed through the horrid weather conditions. Did everyone who started the race finish? That’s some testament to the fire burning inside serious runners!

    • 8 run4change
      March 16, 2009 at 9:57 am

      I am pretty sure Kristen that some people dropped out. It was an out and back course and some people I saw and started with that were behind me I did not see on the way back. So some dropped out. There was a bike/run duatholon after the marathon that a lot of people did but it was good weather by then pretty much. Thanks for your support.

  5. March 16, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Very encouraging that you would do this in that kind of weather!! I ran my first marathon yesterday and although the weather was perfect, I must say it was difficult! Just coming off of an injury at that, I can say, it was both mentally and physically challenging! I did it though!

    • 10 run4change
      March 16, 2009 at 9:58 am

      Brandi- Congratulations. Great job. It isn’t easy is it, but it is so well worth it to know that you did it. Wonderful 🙂

  6. 11 RobFitness
    March 16, 2009 at 10:27 am

    I just wanted to say Great Job, Man! I guess some of us are just better than others in dealing with things.

  7. March 16, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Great race report!

    It is amazing that you kept on going through all of that.

    Excellent race, ROCKSTAR!!!!

    • 14 run4change
      March 16, 2009 at 11:06 am

      Thank you Linda. It will become now one of my favorite races even though it was not the most enjoyed if that makes sense at all 🙂

  8. March 16, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Rubbing raw doesn’t sound like fun to me!

  9. 17 the Ringmaster
    March 16, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    What a day to set a PR! I’m sorry about the conditions; after running my first in stormy weather it NOT what I would have wished for any of my running friends. Congrats on the sub-4 finish, and especially on your perseverance. Running is such a mental sport!

  10. 19 Shannon
    March 16, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Awesome job Jason!! You should be so proud of yourself for accomplishing a sub 4!!! You are truly an inspiration! I still might do a full marathon this year…you keep inspiring me to run further!! Thanks!

    • 20 run4change
      March 16, 2009 at 7:50 pm

      Keep me up to date Shannon on whether or not you go one. I would love to hear all about it if you do.

  11. March 17, 2009 at 3:30 am

    Wow, look at you finishing sub 4 in crappy conditions. I think I would have called it a day after the first car splashed me with slushy muck. I’m so proud of you and just think it’s awesome all that you are accomplishing in your life.

    Keep up the great work. You are awesome and I cannot wait to see how God is going to use you even more than He already does.


  12. 23 Angela
    March 17, 2009 at 7:22 am

    2 days later, still giggling at the image of you shouting out your choice words in homage to #71. Rock on brotha man!

    • 24 run4change
      March 17, 2009 at 7:23 am

      You would have really laughed if you would have seen me. If anybody did see me they would have been like, “Why is that guy shaking his head around and screaming the F-word. Is he cramping up or what?…..” 🙂

  13. 25 Mike
    March 17, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Great Job. I live just up the road form where you raced and the weather was foul for sure. Nice job on the PR.


  14. 27 charleshbaker
    March 17, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Great job, Jason! I knew you could set a personal best. Awesome and inspiring! Next time I’m thinking about skipping a workout I’ll think about you running a marathon in the snow and rain!

    • 28 run4change
      March 17, 2009 at 7:28 pm

      It was a wild one for sure Charles. Thanks for your comment. I skipped WW tonight. The weather wasn’t even bad. 🙂

  15. 29 run4change
    March 16, 2009 at 8:08 am

    Thanks for the honorable mention. I appreciate it. Glad that you were able to get some inspiration out of this recap

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