Race Report by Statesboro Pacer, Kathy Wiegand

 

Contrast and Comparison between the 11/05/06, New York City Marathon, NYC, NY and 10/15/06 Dupont Forest Trail Marathon & Marathon Relay

Kathy Wiegand joining Danny Gleason in the Dupont Forest Trail Marathon after she completed her leg of the Marathon Relay, 10/15/06 to run a total of 22 miles this day

The NYC Marathon was just ok. I wasn't really thrilled with the course, the organization, or the overall experience (except that Ryan and I got to go see an old friend of mine and her husband - which was GREAT!). Maybe it was just that there were 38,000 people! I stood in line for a couple of hours to get on the bus to get to Staten Island. Then after the 45 minute ride, I stood in line for another hour at the Port-a-Pots. I turned in my bag to the truck that would carry it to the end of the race. By the time I got close to the holding pens, they had started compressing people into one group...needless to say it was VERY difficult to get to the area I was supposed to be starting in near the front. After all this, I had a bit of a foot ache...which didn't go away as I started to run. (I'm sure the new shoes didn't help any!) It was just a minor ache for the first 12 miles or so, but got worse and worse after that. My legs started to really tighten up about the same time, so I stopped to stretch. Since it was obvious that I wasn't breaking any world-records (or personal ones), I decided to take it easy and not create a stress fracture or anything in the last few miles. I ended up walking a good portion of the last couple of miles, but still finished under 3:30. Considering, it wasn't too bad of a time.

The course was so, so. It didn't go through any of the exciting areas of NYC like Broadway, Times Square, or Wall Street. We wound through all five boroughs which sounded cooler than it actually was. It's a lot of tall cement apartment buildings! The camaraderie of most races was missing. I didn't feel a connection with any of the people running around me. Usually, I do. I can't say whether it is because it was such a large race or a greatly international one or what. Other runners just didn't seem to be cheering each other on like I'm used to. (Danny [Gleason] thinks I've spent too much time in the South)! Could be!

Danny and I thought it would be fun to do a little study on marathon running...what geeky scientists we are! I piloted a study on myself. I wore a heart rate monitor and recorded each mile time and HR, and I did voice recordings for each mile. I haven't gotten a chance to listen to the recordings, but it should be interesting. If you are interested in participating in the future, we would be happy to have participants**. It still has to go through the institutional review board (IRB)...to make sure we are not harming anyone, but hopefully, we'll be ready for any spring marathons.

A group of us went to Hendersonville, NC a few weeks before NYC to run the Dupont Forest Trail Marathon. Danny did the full marathon, while I ran with Debbie [Gleason], Kay Danilowicz, and Jessica Keeley in a relay. The contrast between the trail marathon and NYC was great!

I supposed the exciting part of NYC was in the third or fourth mile I noticed a motorcycle policeman and an NBC camera. I thought..."oh, looks like NBC is really interested in the race." The camera was focused on a group of men on the other side of the road (at that point the course was split by start color - I was orange, and they were on the blue/green side). I didn't realize why the TV camera was so interested in the group until I heard people cheering, "Go, Lance!" I looked over and sure enough, there was Lance Armstrong amid a group of guys! I kept pace for another mile or so, then our course split and I never saw him again. He kept the same pace...I failed to do so!

**Folks interested in becoming a participant in a Marathon Running Study can contact Kathy at the following location:

Katherine E. Wiegand, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Georgia Southern University
P.O. Box 8041
Statesboro, GA 30460
(912) 681-5539
kewiegand@georgiasouthern.edu

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