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North Coast 24 Hour Endurance Run

Posted on 22 September 2010

Guest Post from Laurie Colón

How much is there really to say about a race that goes around in a .9 mile loop for 24 hours? Well as it turns out – LOTS. It was a day filled with so much raw emotion. The race was well organized, and while I didn’t stop at the aid station too many times it was well stocked. (I crammed our car full of everything I could possibly imagine!) The volunteers were the greatest, and many of them my good friends which was a bonus! Even though I didn’t make it to the aid station all that often they did call out to me as I was running by, just making sure I was ok. They knew what was up (more on that later).

Chaney Events, well they were amazing as always (official results are already posted on http://www.chaneyevents.com/nc24.html) My family and friends were absolutely incredible – I mean, who in the world would want to come watch someone run in circles? Turns out lots of people showed up. Some I knew were coming and some friends shocked me by coming out; I had no idea they were coming and it really lifted my spirits!

First things first

Thanks to all those who donated to Impossible2Possible! I met my fundraising goal of $500. The Amazon expedition is coming up fast and I’m sure they can use that money! It takes alot to run an organization such as I2P! The education resources that are provided to schools that follow along are all free to schools/teachers and tons of kids will be benefiting from this. THANK YOU!

Setting up/the race start
We had good luck as we happened to set our tent up near Shelley and James Viggiano! This time it was Shelley’s turn to run, and James turn to crew. I’m glad to run with Shelley and she did great! James was a busy guy as well, and very helpful. He made it clear that he’d help in any way he could. They are really an amazing couple and both very inspiring! Soon after we got everything set up there was a quick meeting. I have to say I really didn’t pay attention to the meeting – I was just kind of numb, thinking about what was about to take place. This was really about to begin. All this training I’ve done, all the work, waking up at 2 a.m., starting long runs at 3 a.m. – it was all for this. 24 hours and it will all be over. I was trying to absorb it all and it was too much!

Finally – the start! I don’t think there were too many people in a hurry, except the top dawgs maybe – and I don’t know if that was the case even then! We had plenty of time to run and meet our goal! The first person I chatted with at the beginning was Frederick Davis – a running legend and simply put: One great guy. His top goal was the same as mine. Neither of us had the outcome we desired, but in the end we were both happy with what we achieved. More on Fred later!

Right from the get go I was feeling nauseated. Still running, but feeling nauseated. That was horrible, I was just ticked.

Mistake #1 – I used an energy drink that I had not used during training for NC. Yes I’ve used it for other training/races but I haven’t used it for NC training. Needless to say I’ll never use it again. It’s been a few months since I’ve used it last. I didn’t really need it, I know this – I KNEW this. So why did I take it? I figured it wouldn’t hurt. Well it did. All I could think of was Ray saying -”Don’t ruin your race because of food L!” Dang. I have to say it didn’t really slow me down much, I can deal with being nauseated. But I really wanted to puke. Seriously, I thought it would be the best thing ever. But nada. Relief came later, then a much bigger problem.

Mistake #2 – Or I should say, a much more uncomfortable problem. My old friend UTI. (Or so I was thinking.) It happened the same as before. Feeling the need to pee every second, and nothing. It bothered me more when I ran, so I walked as fast as I could. Every time I thought maybe I should just suck it up I started running. Every time I did the problem just seemed to get worse however. I cannot describe how uncomfortable it is. I can deal with pain. No problemo. But this is so different. I wasn’t worried like I was when this happened before. Wasn’t scared either. Just pissed. Of all days. SERIOUSLY! At one point I went to the bathroom – and yeppers. Blood in my urine. FANTASTIC. I came out of the bathroom and my husband was waiting for me. I was frustrated and burst into tears. Joe Jurzyck was there too, and all I could do was just cry like a big sissy. I started back up again and that was that.

I wasn’t about to stop – no way. I hoped for big mileage but that was pretty much out of the question now. I was stopping every loop to try and go to the bathroom. At night I avoided the port a potties because quite a few of them had been, um – “blown up” if you know what I mean. Just stuck with the public bathroom. I wasted a huge amount of time using the bathroom and now it was just about lasting the whole 24 hours and getting at least 100 miles. That was my bare minimum goal for this race. (Max goal was far greater)

Eventually my husband informed the medical staff what was going on. At first they had me downing cranberry juice. Then they had me take cranberry pills, which I had already been taking since my first UTI episode. None of that worked. I thought there was a doctor in the medical area, but apparently he was running the race – so a man on the medical staff tried to help me out (I’m not sure what all the qualifications are.) I spent a good deal of time on the table as he said sometimes nerves are pinched around that area. He tried as best he could but nothing worked. Finally he said there’s nothing he could do for me, and I went on my unmerry way. Swell.

I ran the rest of the 24 hours feeling this way. One day later I may have found a simple solution thanks to Shelley V though. While I was reading her blog she had the exact same issue. She actually talked to the doctor who was running the race and headed the medical team. Chronic cystitis is what he told her, and per Shelley’s blog: “basically, i was dehydrated, my bladder was empty and the empty bladder walls were rubbing against one another, causing irritation and bleeding”. WOW!!!!! So this would not be UTI? Even though I had this UTI just a couple weeks ago this is something I’m going to have to look into – this has GOT to be it. I mean, what are the chances that this happened to both of us? Here’s this knowledgeable ultra runner doctor – he HAS to know his stuff. I’m so relieved for Shelley’s blog and FINALLY a solution to my problems. A simple solution. I THOUGHT I was drinking enough but I guess that just wasn’t the case. I wish I was smart and did what she did, ask the doc but I did not. I’m just thankful that I know now. Lessons learned. There are always lessons learned. I’m such a newbie!

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