Given Marcus's perilous physical condition (re Cycling Accident Thursday April 10th 2014) you might think the last thing I should be doing is entering a running race.
Hmm, but I just ran another marathon.
Since I seem to have gotten away with it, well, I am still alive and not in hospital, here is the report
My darling wife Agata had an even shorter summary than my title:
On Friday, when Doctor Bally confirmed in Lausanne that my ribs were not broken he diplomatically said (when I proposed the marathon I booked pre accident): Your Body will tell you if you need to stop.
He did give me a prescription for some adhesive bandages impregnated with Ibuprofen.
Pre Race Drug Loading
I put on 2 of the Swiss formula adhesive pads onto my damaged right chest. Then I took 4 Nurofen Ultra capsules. After that I could not feel so much pain and pronounced breathing in (blinking painful) was okay.
Km Race Report
The rate started about 8 minutes late so on course timing was a bit out. But the course was flat. At first I was on the plod pace because I was not sure if the rib pain might suddenly get worse.
But as the Km continued my chest pains remained both constant and bearable. So there was a chance to speed up a little.
At best I got upto 13Km/h at Km 20 or so but after that I slacked off to about 12.2Km.h rising to 12.5Km/h for the last 5Km sprint.
I realise that until I am fully regenerated it is going to be difficult to get runtimes back down to a more respectable 03:15 i.e. 13Km/h marathon speed.
Weather Conditions/ Infrastructure
The weather was about 13 degrees and dry, so quite perfect.
Water stops were plentiful though a little muddled, lots of water and not enough Powerade. No gels but sometimes Banana and chocolate.
I wore a watch
My TomTom MultiSports allows me to view multiple statistics including pace, speed, distance, average page/speed/. I started at 11.x Km/h, then after Km5 graduated to 12.0Km/h, and by Km 20 I was upto about 13Km/h. Piece of cake I thought! But as distance increased my reported speed seemed to drop. I swore I was running as fast, so at one point I stopped to see if the Watch had gone wrong! No, apparently it was right and my perceptions wrong.
In fact in all my Sporting races to date I think this is about the 2nd with a watch!
(Review of TomTom to follow shortly. Great display and user interface but issues!)
Really Interesting this watch thing.
Marathon time: 03:32. Considering the circumstances, Marcus is very very happy!
Food and Drink
I drank only 4 half cups of water on race (I was only plodding and not sweating). Post race I gulped 1 litre of Powerade. This made me feel sick and I had to quickly return home for some freshly squeezed Orange juice, to calm me down
Marcus ate 4 Powerbar Hydro on the course. I had to carry them because no Gels were provided at any stop.
As Chrissie Wellington also recounted in a story about Triathlon training with a broken wrist, I too can now say: This time I got away with it, but racing with damaged body components is not a recommended long term strategy. Memo to body: Regenerate.