60,000-79,999 SparkPoints 71,900

Race Report: Spirit of Columbus Half-Marathon, August 29, 2010

Monday, August 30, 2010

I swore I wasn't going to run this race again after all of the chaos that was last year's SoC half. Too bad I catch a case of the crazies every once in a while and end up running the same races over and over...

ANYWAY. This race is one with separate starts (Tuttle Mall in northwest Cbus) and finish (North Bank Park downtown) lines, so I parked downtown and caught a shuttle to the starting line with plenty of time to warm up and relax.

Whatever I said last year about their snafus, this year things were better than smooth - almost seamless to my eyes. Lots of water and bagels at the starting line, water/Gatorade at nearly every mile, GU stations, icy sponges, orange sections, porta-potties every 3 miles - all things that were promised last year but were not delivered, they had it this year. No hulk-smash this year!

The start was right on time and I made great progress for the first few miles, on pace to finish with the same time as last year - 2:07. At mile 5, I started feeling some discomfort in my left knee whenever I'd pick my leg up. Slowing down made it hurt more, so I kept up as good a pace as I could manage.

By mile 8, my mantra was "just finish, just finish." By mile 10, I was alternating one minute of agonized walking with 5-10 minutes of painful running. I did manage to sprint in the last mile and finish with a time of 2:24:45. 5th place in my category - very disappointed. :(

The knee was painful and only got worse as I tried to stretch and walk on it (through 30-odd people & kids at a birthday party) during the day. My sister, who works in PT, gave me a preliminary assessment and ordered me off the leg.

Went to the doctor this morning and sweated through the intake process (standing up; these people are cruel!) and assessment. Preliminary diagnosis is a highly inflamed IT band with possible involvement with the meniscus. Sigh.

Bad news: no running for two weeks. Good news: I can cross-train with anything the doesn't bother my knee. WHEW. They refused to give me painkillers - I feel like I am the only person that can't get relief for intense pain. Grr. :(

However, if you're looking into doing a half-marathon, Spirit of Columbus is a great one - smallish (~1500 people registered), flat and fast, great scenery, good swag (beer glass and tech shirt - score!), nice start/finish line eats and a category for bigger runners (Cruiser).
Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
    So glad the organizers learned from last year! And sorry to here about your knee:(

    I wish the Columbus half was a little later in the year. August half's would never be practical with MS with the heat:(
    2727 days ago
    Boo n the injury!

    This is the same group that put on a flawless Spirit of Pittsburgh half last year. They really must have learned from last year's Columbus race.

    It was nice to get to meet you. Sorry I was so short on time.

    Back here in March?
    2727 days ago
  • BOBBYD31
    good race this year but bad knee. sorry to hear about that and hope it is just an iT band issue that can be resolved with a bit of PT. with all things going on that time was pretty darn good!
    2727 days ago
    I got some anti-inflammatory cream for topical relief - I can't take NSAIDs because of my stomach.

    PT, if necessary, will start in 2 weeks. Until then I have stretches and my sister to keep me in shape.
    2727 days ago
  • ACTIVE_AT_60
    Thanks for the race report - sorry about your IT band. No anti-inflammatories? No physical therapy/exercises, or did I miss that?
    2727 days ago
    Sounds like they totally redeemed themselves this year. Maybe they heard you were going to go all HULK on them!

    As for the knee, that sucks. At least it's not going to keep you down for long. If you need pain killers; I know a guy who knows a guy. OK, just kidding I don't.

    Get better soon!
    2727 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.