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Chevron Houston Marathon


Monday, January 20, 2014

The weather for the Houston marathon was pretty nearly perfect! In the mid-50s at the start, it barely hit 70 before I was done. While the day was clear and sunny, the route had a lot of shade.

I approached this marathon with a lot of apprehension, as I hadnít done a really long run since mid-November. I hadnít done much in the way of running at all in the previous two weeks. An unexplained pain in my right arm also had me a bit concerned.

But after the San Antonio debacle, I needed to finish my second marathon in one season.

The new route was great, with fantastic crowd support. As we cleared the turn-off for the marathon runners, the crowd was at first much thinner, but that was a function of the location. While the route took me through locations Iíd run before, I was coming from a different direction and it was like running in a new locale.

Running through West University I spotted some friends I hadnít seen in years. I waved until they recognized me then I ran over to collect hugs from everyone. And on I went.

The crowd was handing out loads of goodies (Kind bars, pretzels, oranges) so I didnít take an Accel gel until mile 8 or so. By mile 10 I had what I describe as an MSG rush. Whether it has similar chemicals or not, Iíve now decided all gels are out. Thank goodness the spectators were there with Gummi Bears, Jolly Ranchers, pretzels and oranges.

I knew Iíd meet up with my belly dancing friends at mile 15, and warned them it was a photo op for me. When I got there I collected on my request. Three years ago I was there dancing with them!


Around mile 17 I realized I needed new shoes. Itís a long story, but the latest new pair hurt my feet, so I reverted to using a pair I had. Clearly they now had too many miles: the balls of my feet were burning. The left more so than the right, but ouch!

I suffered until my feet were about numb Ė somewhere around mile 22. To add insult to injury, the vision in my right eye started blurring. Iíd experienced this in St. Louis two years ago, but it was both eyes, and I attributed it to contacts. I wasnít wearing contacts this time. I slowed down even more.

At mile 23 I somehow felt a burst of energy, and picked things up a bit. At mile 24 I spotted the tent where I knew Gary (RUN4FOOD) was working, but I didnít want to stop to find him, afraid I wouldnít be able to start again. Next time....

I was able to power through somehow, cross the finish line, and collect my medal. I headed inside the George R. Brown to get my finisherís T-shirt, where I spotted an area set up for massages. That was my next stop. And then it was on to a hot breakfast, courtesy of HEB.

Restored to semi-human status, I hobbled out to find my car (Iíd scored a free spot on the street!) I drove home, soaked in a hot tub, and lazed around all afternoon with my very sore legs and feet elevated.

Kudos to the Chevron Houston Marathon committee: what a fantastic well-organized marathon. Plenty of water/Gatorade stops, a huge number of volunteers everywhere. And Houston, what an amazing supportive town!

And now Iíve slept, and concluded I may very well run another marathon. But first, new shoes!


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DDHEART 3/21/2014 10:19AM

    Super! You very nicely demonstrated the importance of surveying your body and adjusting as needed. Recover well, get those shoes and break them in wisely!

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AMANDANCES 3/7/2014 9:56AM

    AWESOME!!! I love the picture with the dancers!!! That makes me smile!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 2/1/2014 4:30PM

    emoticon love the costumn.

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RACEWELLWON 1/31/2014 5:11PM

    emoticon You are wonderful ! Very impressive !! Glad the weather held up . emoticon , Nice !

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MAGGIEVAN 1/26/2014 1:21PM

    You are just amazing! Congrats.

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PDQ1203 1/25/2014 8:43AM

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DEE797 1/23/2014 5:39PM

    Congrats! Hope you have found some new shoes for your next one. emoticon

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MARGARITTM 1/21/2014 8:03PM

    nice job and thanks for the report....my first is in May! any tips other than the shoe thing.

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STRIVERONE 1/21/2014 6:01PM

    If one day after the finish a marathon you are thinking about running another, it was a good run. Congratulations.

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BOILHAM 1/21/2014 11:21AM

  Good job! Especially well done considering you hadn't done a long run in a while. Get some well deserved rest. You are awesome!

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LEWILL1982 1/21/2014 9:23AM

    Congratulations, what an accomplishment! I have it on my bucket list to run a marathon, hopefully by the end of next year.

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ONMYMEDS 1/21/2014 9:20AM

    Great job!!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/21/2014 8:55AM

    CONGRATULATIONS!! That is awesome. I'm so glad you were able to finish it.

I love the picture of you with the Belly Dancers. I can just imagine you out there doing it a few years ago. What fun!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/21/2014 7:43AM

    Great race and great report. Congratulations!

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SMITTY4RL 1/21/2014 7:10AM

    Super report and so glad to hear it. After your last marathon, I was wondering how this one would turn out. emoticon

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LIZALOT 1/21/2014 5:20AM

    congratulations on a great run! i had blurred vision in my last half and on the last long run i did before it. but it disappeared relatively quickly, fortunately.

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MWWENSIN 1/20/2014 11:19PM

    Great job on another marathon!

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TXPATRIOT 1/20/2014 11:16PM

    Great race report!

Congratulations!!!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 1/20/2014 5:51PM

    Even with all those problems you still want to do another, good for you but maybe take a little break before the next one

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DRADDIE 1/20/2014 2:35PM

    amazing !! well done! I like reading people's marathon blogs as I am hoping to attempt my first in May! Way to go!!

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KRISZTA11 1/20/2014 2:26PM

    Congratulations!
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STRIVER57 1/20/2014 1:49PM

    brava! very impressed given all the handicaps. yeah, new shoes would be good.
felicitations.

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SEABREEZE64 1/20/2014 1:28PM

    Awesome! You are such a strong woman Dee in so many ways. Congratulations on another marathon finish.

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RUN4FOOD 1/20/2014 1:20PM

    Congratulations on your finish. Sorry I missed seeing you. We were there until the bitter end, when they bring the garbage trucks in.
I did post another picture on my page at your insistence.
Next month is Austin. Best of luck getting ready.

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ZELLAZM 1/20/2014 12:29PM

    Kudos to you, too! Great that you had such a positive (well, except for the blurs and the shoes!) experience this time around. I know we'll hear about your plans for the next marathon sooner than later!

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MAGGIE805 1/20/2014 11:49AM

    Congratulations!!! emoticon emoticon

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 1/20/2014 11:15AM

    GREAT JOB!

The humidity was low here yesterday from the current weather system. Was it low in Houston too? Because what you describe with your eyes sounds a little like dry eye. DH has that and his symptoms are very similar to yours.

Sorry to hear about your shoes. That's a tough thing to realize in the middle of a marathon!

Of course you're doing another -- Austin!
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NOTGVGUP83 1/20/2014 10:57AM

    Great job!! Houston had beautiful weather this weekend =)

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JLITT62 1/20/2014 10:55AM

    Dee, you are amazing! I wear contacts & have never had blurry vision during a run, but of course 13.1 is as far as I go.

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NATPLUMMER 1/20/2014 10:54AM

    emoticon You made it!! Yes, new shoes are in order and perhaps your eye(s) need a check.

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