Monday, December 15, 2008

A Great Way to Spend 2 Hours and 10 Minutes

IMG00027I had a great time running the Half Marathon yesterday in the Dallas White Rock Marathon.  Thanks to all who were encouraging me and cheering me on near and far.  I thank God for the ability and courage to run.  My official time according to the website was 2:10:20.

startinglineThe course was challenging and toward the end very windy!  In the beginning I met up with my friends from the Dallas Running Club (DRC), Lucy, Polly, Paige, Christine, and Richard.  It was great to start out with them.  We started pretty close to the beginning of the pack.  I’m sure we weren’t suppose to be there.  However, we did get to be on TV because of it.  To the left is a picture of me on Channel 8’s race coverage.  You can check this out on www.ESPN360.com as they have it there as well. 

We started out at a slower pace and then were able to move quicker when the crowds thinned out.  After a couple of miles, I had to take a potty break.  I hate when that happens!

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Then after the 5th mile my heart started acting up.  My heart rate popped up to 250 beats per minute.  I really hate when that happens!  To try to fix this problem, I have to squat and simulate a bowel movement.  Don’t ask me… I just do what the Cardiologists tell me.  There must be a reset switch down there.  The great thing is that it only took a few minutes and my heart rate went back to normal.  I did have a spectator come and ask me if I was alright.  It sounds funny now, but I told him “Don’t worry, it’s just my heart.”  He was going to walk me to an Aid Station a couple of blocks up, but my heart went back to normal and I was back to running.  I couldn’t wait to get back to running!

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I lost about 4 minutes with that heart incident.  However, I’ve already planned on taking care of that… on Monday, January 5th, I have a surgery scheduled.  It’s called Catheter Ablation.  According to Wikipedia - Catheter ablation is an invasive procedure used to remove a faulty electrical pathway from the hearts of those who are prone to developing cardiac arrhythmias such as atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, supraventricular tachycardias (SVT) and Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.  I should be back to work within a couple of days and physical activity in about a week.

It was great running with all of the bands, water stops, and spectators rooting you on.  It really makes the miles go by.

The last few miles were pretty darn windy.  It was my first time running on Katy Trail.  The race promoters said that it was mostly down hill, but it felt uphill.  Must have been the crazy wind.  During the last half mile I caught up to one of my friends from the DRC, Paige.  She was one of our pace leaders for our fall training team.  It was a such a great experience to finish the race with someone you know.  We cranked out that last few hundred yards together.

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