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(WTKR)   Screw Tough Mudder races, the Virginia Beach half-marathon has had three people die in the last five years   (wtkr.com) divider line 29
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2013-09-02 06:33:46 AM  
In NYC we cancelled a concert over two deaths. Maybe this sporting event should be cancelled, before Molly-abusing runners spoil it for the rest of us...
 
2013-09-02 06:43:05 AM  
If you aren't wearing full hoplite armor, carrying a bronze shield and long spear, and jogging up Mt. Olympus to please the gods you might as well drive.
 
2013-09-02 07:57:52 AM  
racers helping him out and they were giving chest compressions... I just started praying for him immediately,

Said without the slightest trace of irony, impressive.
 
2013-09-02 10:14:13 AM  
He didn't even make it past mile marker one? Damn that's sad.
 
2013-09-02 10:15:03 AM  
Hmmm... yesterday's high was 92.  Nope, no clue why people keep dying while running 13 miles in a swampy Mid-Atlantic area during the summer.
 
2013-09-02 10:19:24 AM  

Via Infinito: He didn't even make it past mile marker one? Damn that's sad.


Didn't notice that one the first time I read that extensive article.  That being said, ya, it's not the weather, it's the damned fool not prepped to run.
 
2013-09-02 10:48:07 AM  
Thanks a lot, Obama
 
2013-09-02 11:51:37 AM  
I think if he died before a mile at a half-marathon pace that he would have died that day anyway, no matter what he was doing.
 
2013-09-02 12:04:29 PM  

FriarReb98: Hmmm... yesterday's high was 92.  Nope, no clue why people keep dying while running 13 miles in a swampy Mid-Atlantic area during the summer.


Yes, because when I think swamp, I automatically think of "Virginia Beach" too.

But seriously, the swampier parts are more inland. Easy mistake to make.
 
2013-09-02 12:53:33 PM  

FriarReb98: Hmmm... yesterday's high was 92.  Nope, no clue why people keep dying while running 13 miles in a swampy Mid-Atlantic area during the summer.


Summer marathons are a terrible idea. I ran five yesterday and thought I was going to die from heat exhaustion. Can't imagine eight more miles of that heat.
 
2013-09-02 12:57:55 PM  
Sad for the guy.

All others: wait until March and run the Shamrock - it's way more comfortable.
 
2013-09-02 01:29:10 PM  
imageshack.com
 
2013-09-02 01:29:35 PM  

bearcats1983: FriarReb98: Hmmm... yesterday's high was 92.  Nope, no clue why people keep dying while running 13 miles in a swampy Mid-Atlantic area during the summer.

Summer marathons are a terrible idea. I ran five yesterday and thought I was going to die from heat exhaustion. Can't imagine eight more miles of that heat.


You ran 5 marathons yesterday?
 
2013-09-02 01:55:38 PM  

rjakobi: FriarReb98: Hmmm... yesterday's high was 92.  Nope, no clue why people keep dying while running 13 miles in a swampy Mid-Atlantic area during the summer.

Yes, because when I think swamp, I automatically think of "Virginia Beach" too.

But seriously, the swampier parts are more inland. Easy mistake to make.


The Great Dismal Swamp is 15 minutes or so from Virginia Beach.
 
2013-09-02 02:04:11 PM  
I ran a half back in May and someone was carted off about 1/4 of  a mile from the finish line.  It must suck to have made it that far only to collapse right at the end.

My first full is in three weeks.

/God help me.
 
2013-09-02 02:09:38 PM  

Barfmaker: racers helping him out and they were giving chest compressions... I just started praying for him immediately,

Said without the slightest trace of irony, impressive.


Aaaaand now I don't even have to read TFA.  Nothing can top this.  Thank you, Barfmaker!
 
2013-09-02 02:16:29 PM  

rjakobi: FriarReb98: Hmmm... yesterday's high was 92.  Nope, no clue why people keep dying while running 13 miles in a swampy Mid-Atlantic area during the summer.

Yes, because when I think swamp, I automatically think of "Virginia Beach" too.

But seriously, the swampier parts are more inland. Easy mistake to make.


And First Landing Park IS a swamp.
 
2013-09-02 02:19:09 PM  
I ran this race 3 times. It's always hot as hell, and since I lived in VB when I ran it, training for it sucks so much, nothing like an 11 mile run in August. The Shamrock is so much better, usually cool or cold (I think that's the best weather for running persoanlly. And you don't have to train in soul crushing heat.
 
2013-09-02 02:55:26 PM  

hasty ambush:


That'd be sexy if I didn't personally know how filthy that cowflop mud always is.

Who am I kidding? That's still sexy.
 
2013-09-02 03:36:27 PM  

Tyrone Biggums: I ran a half back in May and someone was carted off about 1/4 of  a mile from the finish line.  It must suck to have made it that far only to collapse right at the end.

My first full is in three weeks.

/God help me.


Good luck! Ran my first in May, it was fantastic.
 
2013-09-02 03:38:43 PM  
Sad, but if people who are not in shape and haven't trained properly and don't know when their bodies are telling them to quit insist on signing up for distance running events in extremely hot, humid weather - this will be the result.
 
2013-09-02 04:12:17 PM  

Nogale: Good luck! Ran my first in May, it was fantastic.


Thanks!  Been training for about 6 months now.  Ran 23 miles about a week ago so I think I am ready, but still nervous.
 
2013-09-02 04:24:55 PM  

Nogale: Sad, but if people who are not in shape and haven't trained properly and don't know when their bodies are telling them to quit insist on signing up for distance running events in extremely hot, humid weather - this will be the result.


This is an issue. There are far more people new to distance running these days saying "I'll be able to get through it" rather than approaching it with a healthy dose of respect and adequate training.  I've done quite a few fulls and dozens of halfs. Some as hot as 86F, others in the dead of winter in the northeast when it was in the 30s with freezing rain. Each one is completely different. There was even one year at Boston when it was mid 50s, mostly cloudy-- perfect weather and I had to drop out because I knew something wasn't right (hydration issues). If you aren't in tune with how your should be feeling at various points in the race, you can't distinguish between the normal agony of running those distances and the symptoms that spell trouble.

My favorite story: At the 2004 Boston Marathon it was 85F at the start of the race. Everyone in my group started talking about how this was going to be a scale-it-back year. No PRs, just run steady and keep hydrated.  Two guys jumped into our coral from the crowd (unofficial runners) who had used body paint to cover themselves from head to toe in red paint and Red Sox logos. Everyone knew they wouldn't last. They took off like a shot as soon as we got over the start line, weaving their way through the thick pack of runners. Sure enough, 10 miles in, one of them was laying on the sidewalk getting hosed down by a random homeowner and they were calling for medical attention.
 
2013-09-02 04:29:39 PM  

Tyrone Biggums: Thanks!  Been training for about 6 months now.  Ran 23 miles about a week ago so I think I am ready, but still nervous.


You'll be fine-- sounds like you're putting in the training. A friend of mine always said the first marathon you do is actually a victory lap; the hardest part is the training. Don't forget to enjoy it!
 
2013-09-02 06:14:50 PM  

WinoRhino: Nogale: Sad, but if people who are not in shape and haven't trained properly and don't know when their bodies are telling them to quit insist on signing up for distance running events in extremely hot, humid weather - this will be the result.

This is an issue. There are far more people new to distance running these days saying "I'll be able to get through it" rather than approaching it with a healthy dose of respect and adequate training.  I've done quite a few fulls and dozens of halfs. Some as hot as 86F, others in the dead of winter in the northeast when it was in the 30s with freezing rain. Each one is completely different. There was even one year at Boston when it was mid 50s, mostly cloudy-- perfect weather and I had to drop out because I knew something wasn't right (hydration issues). If you aren't in tune with how your should be feeling at various points in the race, you can't distinguish between the normal agony of running those distances and the symptoms that spell trouble.


So you are saying that running a marathon when 3 months ago I was 80 lbs. overweight and couldn't run down the block to catch the ice cream man is not a good idea?

Way too many people think "wanting it" actually matters on race day.  It only matters during training.
 
2013-09-02 07:38:31 PM  

bacongood: So you are saying that running a marathon when 3 months ago I was 80 lbs. overweight and couldn't run down the block to catch the ice cream man is not a good idea?


Not sure how my post was interpreted that way. In fact, when I did my first marathon 12 years ago I was doing so on the heels of losing 65 pounds myself. My point is there are people who think they are in good shape so they just show up and try to run a half or a full WITHOUT training. Those are the people who end up in trouble, or at least, are more likely to than people who have put in the training. I don't care if you're 250 pounds.

bacongood: Way too many people think "wanting it" actually matters on race day. It only matters during training.


For sure. Like I said to someone else above, the race is often just a victory lap that you made it through all the training.
 
2013-09-03 12:21:41 AM  

hasty ambush: [imageshack.com image 500x750]


id help clean that off
 
2013-09-03 12:31:08 AM  

Tyrone Biggums: I ran a half back in May and someone was carted off about 1/4 of  a mile from the finish line.  It must suck to have made it that far only to collapse right at the end.

My first full is in three weeks.

/God help me.


Hopefully you're training in whatever temperature it'll be on race day.  I live in Pittsburgh and ran Barcelona in March.  Doing the easy math on that you realize that the race temperature was fully 30 degrees warmer than anything I trained in through the winter.  It cost me time, but having done the long runs (don't cheat the long runs!), I knew what was happening to my body and was able to adjust and still enjoy the race.  The long training runs are as much mental and a learning experience as they are physical.  As others have said, your first is a victory lap for all of the training you've done.  Enjoy the day - interact with the spectators, give high fives to kids, or as in my case, learn a new language (I spoke no Spanish or Catalan and learned phrases during my training runs).  Most of all, best of luck!!!!

/will never do a Tough Mudder / warrior-color-foam-whatever
//train for and complete a marathon or run a 5K so hard you dry heave at the finish and then tell the rest of us which is more difficult overall
 
2013-09-03 07:40:58 AM  

WinoRhino: You'll be fine-- sounds like you're putting in the training. A friend of mine always said the first marathon you do is actually a victory lap; the hardest part is the training. Don't forget to enjoy it!


I agree.  The training is definitely the worst part.  But I have lost about 15 pounds, so that is good.

vento:
Hopefully you're training in whatever temperature it'll be on race day.  I live in Pittsburgh and ran Barcelona in March.  Doing the easy math on that you realize that the race temperature was fully 30 degrees warmer than anything I trained in through the winter.  It cost me time, but having done the long runs (don't cheat the long runs!), I knew what was happening to my body and was able to adjust and still enjoy the race.  The long training runs are as much mental and a learning experience as they are physical.  As others have said, your first is a victory lap for all of the training you've done.  Enjoy the day - interact with the spectators, give high fives to kids, or as in my case, learn a new language (I spoke no Spanish or Catalan and learned phrases during my training runs).  Most of all, best of luck!!!!

/will never do a Tough Mudder / warrior-color-foam-whatever
//train for and complete a marathon or run a 5K so hard you dry heave at the finish and then tell the rest of us which is more difficult overall


I have been doing training runs on the actual course and on my own. It has been a mild summer in Chicagoland so far, but I have run on really hot days as well. Even did a 16-miler in a heavy downpour.

/I did the Warrior Dash last year.
//Never again.
 
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