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NYC Half Marathon
Yesterday was my worst half marathon yet. While standing in the corral
for almost an hour before the race start, I developed a migraine which
became progressively worse as the day went on.
Around 6:30am, I saw some flashing white lights out of the corner of my
eye. Figuring it was someone with a camera, I looked over only to see
that there was no one with a camera standing there or walking away.
Then I realized the flashes were the aura. At that point I knew it would
be a bad day.
My split times illustrate the progression of the migraine including the
nausea, blurred vision, and dizziness:
5K: 0:23:42 (not too bad)
10K: 0:47:32 (still okay)
15K: 1:14:45 (feeling nauseated)
20K: 1:46:09 (trying hard not to vomit in front of officials that will
pull me from the race)
final: 1:51:49 (I'm not dead yet!)
Out of about 15 to 16 thousand people that signed up, about 10 thousand
Yesterday was apparently day 1 of a heat wave, and the humidity was
quite high. At the start of the race, the air temperature (in
Fahrenheit) plus the humidity percentage number was 151. At 152 and
higher the risk of heat stroke increases significantly, or so I read in
Only one member of the Giraffes met her goal. We're really proud of her. Not
only did she meet her goal, but this was her first half marathon.
All four members of our team that ran finished, but we all agreed on a
new rule: no summer races longer than 10K.
Despite the horrible weather conditions, and other problems, I'm glad I
ran this race. My time was far from my best, but now I can say I ran
through Central Park, down 7th Ave to 42nd, through Times Square and out
to the West Side Highway and down to Battery Park. Seriously, how cool
ABC had a special broadcast last night at 11:35PM recapping the race. I
recorded it and am looking forward to watching it sometime today.