Disorientation during marathon Jim Wood 1/14/04 12:09:52 PM ET
Hello - I just completed my first marathon at age 38 (4:46 - under my goal of 5 hours!). I trained hard using the Runners World schedule for first-timers that included a 20-mile training run 3 weeks prior to the event. I felt great during the event until about mile 22 where I began to feel really tired. I slowed my pace but continued to run and finished without having to walk any of the distance - also one of my goals. Around mile 24 my memory of things gets blurry. I know the last few miles of the course VERY well but I have no memory of several 1/4 stretches. The finish is also very hard to mentally picture now. I have NO "mental video" that I can playback in my head - only a few "snapshots" of vague images. For example I remember seeing the crowd cheering but I couldn't hear them at all. For reference, I ate well (carbs) the day prior, and consumed 3 "GU" packets and plenty of sports drink during the race. Overall I REALLY enjoyed the event and have already began a search for my next marathon. In the mean time, I want to find out to the extent possible what happened to me physiologically during those last couple of miles. Any thoughts will be greatly appreciated. THANKS!!