Marathon. Done…ish…

This past was the Colorado Marathon. I did it. It’s done.

However. My goal was to run the whole thing. I did not do that. I started having muscle cramps in my legs starting near the halfway point, just like the time I did this same race back in 2007.

In 2007, I weighed around 180 pounds. Why so low? Well, I didn’t lift weights for one, and I didn’t eat that great. Oh, I was running about 50 miles per week. And if you can believe it, the bulk of that training happened on a treadmill. During this race I didn’t consume nearly enough water. I had this “thing” where I would only consume water if I felt thirsty, not before and not consistently. The cramps during this race made more sense.

Fast forward to this past Sunday, Cinco de Mayo 2013. I am usually weighing about 215, I obviously lift weights now, and, except for jogging long distances, I’m in decent shape. I have a torn medial meniscus that needs fixing in my right knee. I’m used to drinking water during workouts. I do the marathon with one goal, just run it no matter how slow. I take a 70 ounce camelback backpack filled with a powerade/water mix. I drink at every aide station. Still, halfway through, the cramping starts.

Melissa asked if I was finally done with the marathon and could now check it off my bucket list. I said yes. But I didn’t really mean it.

I want need to know why my body is cramping at the halfway point.

My training for this one was pretty much strictly strength and conditioning, the workouts I post on this site are what I do. Long slow runs are few and far between. I just don’t do them. So, while it won’t be in 2013 when I do it, I will be taking another approach at the marathon. I’m guessing 2014 maybe, not sure. But the next marathon I run I am running the whole thing, and I’m coming in at under 4 hours.