6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

What is the WORST that Could Happen?

A couple of my good Buddies reminded me that ANYTHING can happen on race day. With so many variables from bodily functions, to weather, to gear mishaps, we are on Running a fine line to DISASTER (hehehe a bit extreme huh?)


Examples from the Weekend

Poor T HERE crashed on her bike in the Muddy Buddy and hurt her shoulder

Amanda HERE set out to run a Half Marathon in the wrong gear on a day Mother Nature was in Full force with Rain and Cold.

Last October Jill HERE and I were HAPPILY under an Umbrella with warm drinks as our runner pals Amanda, Janna, Harmony, Jess, Stacie, Sarah and more... tromped through Puddles at the Portland Marathon. And of course my own Personal Worst Case Scenario from my First Marathon (Race Report HERE).. Sometimes you gotta GO and when you over hydrate for days leading up to the race and don't take the time to wait in the potty lines...well...you end up with wet socks and wet everything else..

This is the interactive part...

I want to know

What is the WORST that has happened to you in a Race or on the Run? Bike and swim stories are welcome from the Triathlete crowd..

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33 comments:

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

Sunday's crash was the worst. My first ever DNF. :(

Jen Allen said...

I tripped on uneven concrete (yes, another runner was lucky enough to witness) at mile 9 of my 20 miler on Friday. Ripped a hole in my capris, bloodied my knee, elbow and palm of my hand. Had to finish the remaining 11 miles in 40mph winds with half of my body stinging from pain. On the upside, I was so sore from the fall that it distracted me from the pain of the run itself.

H Love said...

Oh no....I have been visualizing the perfect race day.....I don't want to think about all the things that could go wrong!

I would have to say running in rain for 4 hours was not part of my Portland Training plan!

Amy said...

Sunday's BMO Vancouver Marathon. Horrible stomach pains, diarrhea, a bad hip - and the race itself - they ran out of water cups and Gu. Terrible.

MCM Mama said...

I've been lucky and my two worst experiences weren't that bad. They were opposite ends of the spectrum though - near dehydration from running a 10 mile race on an unseasably warm day in spring in Wisconsin and getting totally soaked to the skin while running a half marathon in spring in Virginia. Hmm, maybe spring isn't the best time to race. ;o)

cql said...

On my last long 13 mile training run for my 1st half marathon, it was the day after my best friend's bridal shower and my bro's birthday. I had not ate very much the day before, consumed plenty of alchohol, unhydrated, ate a skimpy english muffin w/pb that morning and headed out to run 13 miles in the heat. it was a loop so there was no turning back. I was so dehyrated, shaking, puking, and basically unable to run for the last 6 or so miles. I also had dropped water and was far from that as well. Never again! I've properly prepared for each long run since and got a 15 min PR in Sunday's half.

Marlene said...

Well I think T "wins" for the worst. Ugh. So horrible. :(

I don't really have anything good (bad?) to contribute... I've squatted in the bushes a number of times, but never in a race. Let's hope I don't earn myself a contribution to this list next weekend. I will besure to line up for a last minute potty!

Carrie said...

Ah Mel ... just read your '09 race report. {{HUGS}} Same thing happened to me at my half a few months back, but only down to my knees. ;-) But seriously, I was so pissed (no pun intended!) about it that I promptly called up my doc and said "we're fixing this asap!" After two huge pregnancies (1st was twins of combined 14 lbs baby, 2nd was singleton weighing 11 lbs), ain't nothin' but surgery gonna fix my problem, which I'm happy to report is on the calendar this month and I have high hopes that my next half will be DRY. :-)

Runnergirl said...

The day before my very first half marathon, I drank not one, but THREE pure fruit smoothies for a bit of extra energy of race day... Big (rookie) mistake! I spent most of the race behind the bushes (fortunately it was a forest race with trees aplenty) and finished in a slow 2:40... Lesson learnt!

Claudia said...

The worst race was a half marathon I decided to run, even though I was sick. I took some Sudafed before starting and got so dehydrated that by mile 10 I saw stars. I made it to the finish, but it was no fun.

The worst running experience was when I first started training for a marathon and was doing my first 16 mile run. It was August and 80+ degrees. I left with a 20 ounce bottle of Gatorade and no food. My hubby found me about a mile from our house stumbling along the road. When he brought me home I was so sick that it scared me from trying again until this year.
I just completed my third marathon yesterday :-)

Amanda said...

At my first half marathon I discovered the slight cough I had the week prior was actually a lung infection as my lungs filled with fluid that I could not cough out. I ended feeling really bad from not being able to oxegenate well enough and walked most of it. So bummed.

My worst run involved swarms of gnats that I kept running into. They were everywhere, in my hair, in my eyes, down my shirt. I nearly upchucked in the shower when I got home it was so gross.

Wym said...

In my first trip to nationals with my College Mountain Bike team, I crashed on a down hill rock area on my run through. every photographer on the course got a shot of me tumbling down...then they called for my race! a full 45 minutes earlier than posted. I reached the starting line bloodly, bruised, a bent handle bar. AND I had to go do it all over again!
BUT, I placed third in my division. Score!

Melissa said...

I have been pretty fortunate so far, even bad runs have been more inconvenient (burping up Cliff bar, being REALLY hot) but in this weekend's half marathon my right calf seized up on my at mile 11.5. Stopped me dead in my tracks and I don't know how I remained vertical. The next 1.6+ miles were spent stretching/hobbling/attempting to run and it seized up again on the downhill to the finish but I DID finish. I was very thankful at that moment not to be running the full.

Erika said...

hmmm...probably either my first marathon where my stomach did nasty things and I spent 10 minutes every 2 miles in the bathroom...or a half that was so humid and hot and was a bunch of loops around cones and boring...yikes!

Shawna said...

I did the OKC Half this past Sunday and I knew it was going to be nasty when I had prune hands BEFORE the race even started! But, I do have to say there was the inner 5 year old who had a blast splashing in puddles!!

momof3 said...

I'm with T on this one...

Alanna said...

Same race as Amy (Vancouver): You know how there's that video out there where the guy says "don't pants your poop"? Yeah, wasn't able to take his advice (not too bad, but still). And to add insult to injury I somehow after the race I forgot about the chafing it caused and sat on the toilet crying because my pee burned me. Oh, and I didn't even get a PR for my efforts. I'm okay now (emotionally/mentally), but was not handling it well until today.

Kate said...

My first half marathon I was on pace to meet my "A" goal (sub-2:00) and had to use the bathroom but didn't. In the bag drop line afterwards, I smelled something and thought, "Oh, please, don't let that be me!"

It was. Nothing that showed outside of my clothes, but ew gross.

During my (first!) marathon on Sunday, I had to stop 5 different times to use the bathroom! Noooo more salad the day before or raisin bran the day of a race!

tink said...

Worst race = First marathon.
During the race got a fibular stress fracture, after finishing I was not allowed to run for 4 months.
But hey I recovered and look at me now! Back to running again and loving every second of it!
http://beboldrunwild.blogspot.com/

XLMIC said...

Pouring rain for my second marathon... I ran the whole way in a Hefty bag!

Kristin said...

I had a bronchial infection and decided to run my race anyway. Fever the night before. Personal WORST time. Vomited at the finish line. Gross.

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

Tough question...bike crash bad. Could have been worse. But it was still BAD. Portland was awful. Sunday was awful...I think all that aside though the worst that could happen would be getting killed. Hit by a semi would be pretty ugly, abducted by a murder would be really scary. So bike wreck and cold wet runs take a back seat to the semi and murder. Maybe I should count my lucky stars and stop my whining. =)

Coy Martinez said...

I drank a few beers one night before I ran a half and then got sick the entire race. I was gonna say that qualifies as worse but I think it actually qualifies as stupid :)

runningonwords said...

I am supposed to be running my first half on Saturday and my hip/butt has been giving me problems since my 3 miler on Monday. I am absolutely terrified of what my doctor will say tomorrow.

Besides that, my worst disaster was falling down cement stairs at the beginning of a run. I had to limp back home with blood running down my knees. They thought I had torn my PCL, but luckily it was just a sprain.

Richelle said...

I didn't like the Portland Half-Marathon last year because of the rain. I felt like a wet dog. But I pushed through and got a PR!

Zaneta said...

I'm been fortunate so far... my worst is just some crampy gi stuff... after crossing the finish i kept running towards the porta pot... it coulda been bad if it were a longer race than a 5k!
I have my second ever half marathon on saturday so hopefully nothing worse happens!

Mark said...

I too was one of the huddled masses at the Portland Marathon last year as my fiance was slogging through the 1/2 marathon. She managed to finish in under 2hrs which was her goal, and I convinced one of the raffle drawers to pick my elaborately folded entry while waiting for official race results to see if my fiance had won an age group award. Worst weather for spectating.

Cynthia said...

My first marathon last year, Portland Marathon in the rain with a hurting knee, all by myself was my worst race.
I'm hoping for redemption on May 14th!

Wifey said...

Pouring rain. Pouring! That's it. I consider myself lucky. Trying to keep it that way.

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

Sabrina said...

Actually, it happened in my last half, the Run for the Roses in Portland. I had some GI distress, starting at mile 4. Potties were located every 2-3 miles and I foolishly ignored the mile 7 potties, hoping to make up time. I BARELY made it to mile 9 - I was asking any person I saw anywhere near the course where the next stop was. Once I made it, I was in there for a VERY long time. I have two regular running buddies that were also running the race and finished about 20 minutes ahead of me (even though our paces are very similar). It was the most uncomfortable and disheartening race ever! I did, however, finish.

Kurt @ Becoming An Ironman said...

Worst training story was having to stop at a local gas station to use the bathroom (thankfully I've thus far been able to make it to an actual toilet when needed).

Worst race day story was an Olympic Triathlon last year where I was convinced it was going to be canceled due to rain when I showed up. Apparently triathletes are one hard a$$ group of athletes. I raced the entire 2:45 in a downpour. I also clocked my highest bike speed of 45mph on quite a slick road. That could have been a horrendous day in comparison.

Tim Wilson said...

My worst running/racing experience was being tripped right out of the gate of a 5k race. It was in mid-stride so I was in the air when my back foot was caught and it twisted me around to where I landed on my head and left shoulder......

Breaking my collar bone in two places.

longlegsontheloose.com said...

torn calf with 15 miles to go! but I have to thank T for reminding us that it can always be worse! When she told me her helmet was cracked my heart sunk!