Monday, June 14, 2010

The "M" Word

I will be running the Deseret News marathon in less than 40 days now. This will be my third attempt to tackle the beast. The first attempt was in 2003 in Park City. The result:

Miles 1-10: High-fiving strangers, thumbs-upping the locals, and the occasional jump-and-heel-click.
Miles 11-13: Fatigue. 225 stops in the outhouses lining the trail. The realization that I never attempted to run more than 10 miles in training.
Miles 14-19: Tears. Some number close to the population of the entire state of Utah passes me, including one old lady using a walker.
Mile 20: Blood in the urine. Yup.
Miles 21-24: Delirium. Hunger. I actually ate one of those power-gel packs that they truly can only get people to eat who are at the brink of starvation.
Miles 24-26: Crawling. Blood Blisters. A six year old girl who started 5 hours late passes me.
Next 3 months: In home hospice care. (I deserved a Lifetime movie).

In 2006 I made my second attempt to tackle the beast in the Deseret News marathon. The result:

Repeat of the 2003 event, but much much slower.

So here we are. Just 40 more days. If you want to see what I look like dead, please attend.

~It Just Gets Stranger


  1. haha, Eli I still need to register! I am totally putting it off for the fear I won't survive!

  2. Oh, believe me, I don't need to attend to know what you look like dead - I have pictures from the marathon in 2006. What happened to "Never Again!" ?

    I guess you're just a glutton for punishment.

  3. Eli--DON"T do it. Those are my words of advice-- I repeat--DON'T DO IT. Not that I don't think you can do it--but I just have experience as a wife of someone who said the same thing...

    But good luck!

  4. Well I've always wanted to run a marathon, but this post is pretty discouraging. Good luck!

  5. I hope you took a look at Andrea's blog. She dedicated a nice post to you to help you make a decision. Also, let me just add my 2 cents: You only have 2 knees. These 2 knees have already been through a marathon. Why put them through more torture? Do you want them to last past your 50's?