explosive bang for your buck (about: 2001)|
A Runner from Chicago, IL (10/10/02)
I was doing well eating everything without getting sick for 3 days, then the night before the race I began having explosive diarrhea on the hour, pretty much all night. Advice: hoard Gatorade from the expo, because you can't buy it at 3am, and they don't provide it at the start line. I managed to bum some Immodium from a Brit, but maybe it would've stopped anyways. Despite the hot weather and my initial dehydration, I managed to finish less than 14 minutes off my PR. I must've looked very ill, however, and they forced me into the medical tent and plastered me with ice packs long after I started shivering, and had to argue with them that I didn't need that anymore (I'm an ER doc). The expo and free pre-race dinner was interesting and unique for the North American marathoner--lots of young girls in tight clothes representing all the sponsors, who gave out lots of stuff--I got double the $12 entry fee in just Nivea sunblock. The course was mainly out and back along the beach, and got hot quickly. Mazatlan is a little touristy for my tastes, but I stayed in the less commercial old section of town, and hey, sunsets on the beach are hard to beat.