PHITathalon 5 mile Physical Endurance Race
Final Time & Place (A/G/O)
10:33 / mile
5Mi Trail Run P.R.
This was a 5 mile obstacle, mud, slides, creeks, walls, balancing & climbing 5 mile race in Marysville, OH. I didn't know how I was going to fare in this race given my recent battle with Achilles Tendonitis in my right heel. Karlee opted to do the race as well, promising to be super careful not to get injured since she was about to return to college & start her Junior year on the Wilmington College XC team. It was a hot & beautiful day on July 30th & many of my RUNDMC peeps were also in attendance, so that made it even more fun! The race started & right off the bat, we were all bottle-necked between trees & a chain link fence as we entered the woods & grassy trails. After getting out of the rat-pack, we proceeded right into a creek & five sets of walls & picnic tables that we had to climb over. Without much upper body strength, you had to rely on the help of others to hoist you over. I had issues with the first one, but made it over the others & helped Karlee along the way. After that we went through a tire obstacle course & that's when it happened. I tripped up in one of the smaller tires, my ankle snapped & down I went. I sat there for a minute getting my bearings & waiting to see what transpired. I knew I'd done "something" but wasn't sure "what" exactly. My ankle felt warm & tight but I was still able to bear weight so I got up, walked through the rest of the tires & proceeded gingerly on through the rest of the course. There were 7 stacked straw bales & some tunnels, a very slippery, ribbed plastic balance beam (farm drainage tile I'm told) & that was covered in mud from the pit that we went through just before it, a low tunnel covered in black plastic to belly-crawl through, a rocky hill to climb & then slide back down the other side, 4 giant slip n' slides (my favorite part) & a tough, muddy finish at the Union County Fairgrounds as we made a lap around the horse race track & then a final zigzag through the middle of it as we made our way through the post-tractor pull muck & a few final mud & water pits. I chicked a couple of buff military-looking dudes at the end as I sprinted to the finish so I felt pretty badass about that! My finish time was nowhere near where I'd planned, but with my ankle now starting to seriously hurt, I had slowed it down to a cautious pace for the remaining 4 miles after my fall. I joined the other RUNDMCers at the finish, took off my shoe & Brandon found me a bag of ice & that's when the swelling & pain hit me. I was finding it very tough to bear weight after that & so Peter gave me a piggyback ride to the food & awards area. We knew a few of our people were most likely going to get age group medals so we all gathered to wait for the announcements. Little did I know, I was going to be one of them! Much to my surprise, my name was called for 3rd place in the 40-49 age group! I got a very awesome medal that is engraved wtih 3rd place on the back! With what ended up being a broken foot (cuboid avulsion fracture) & severely sprained ankle! I didn't learn this until almost 2 days after the race when my inability to bear weight on my left foot was starting to worry me. I was put in a walking boot for 4-6 weeks. I am registered for the Dayton Air Force Half Marathon on September 17th. They have refused to give me a deferral for next year so I'm hoping & praying that I'll be healed up enough to at least "jog" it!!
Karlee & I after being hosed down with the firehose
This photo of Karlee was taken & appeared in the Johnstown newspaper!
Picnic tables were place between each of the 5 walls
Very slippery mud, trying not to fall (again)!
This is where I went down...caught on film no less!
RUNDMC dominates the age group placings!
Very unhappy left ankle post race
3rd of 23 in age group 40-49
68th of 238 overall males & females
52:48.2 10:33 pace for 5 miles