OK, I'll toss this into the DUMB RUNNER category. I took a DNF at the Olympic North Discovery Marathon in Port Angeles this weekend. This was my first DNF. Long story short I started throwing up on Friday afternoon and felt sick all day Saturday. I think it was food related from a trip I made to Salt Lake City last week but there is some sort of stomach related illness going around as well. When I woke up on Sunday I felt pretty good so I decided to give the marathon a shot. I felt pretty good for the first 8 miles and then the tank was empty. Obviously not being able to eat much the day before and my digestive tract not in full swing my glycogen levels were probably at about zero. Just before the half I ran into Kate, actually she caught up to me, whom I'd met at the Western States training runs. I told her I was going to drop at the half. I told her what was going on and she advised me to quit as well. Since Kate is a MD I had to quit - doctors orders! Besides, I have bigger fish to fry in a couple of weeks.
I hung around the aid station that had a Hawaiian theme. I was wondering how I was going to get back to the finish line when a white Subaru pulled up. The driver came up to me and asked me if I was Eric. This was Kate's friend Dick who was giving race support to Kate running the Full Marathon and his wife who was running the half. Kate asked him to give me a ride back to the start. THANK YOU Kate and Dick! Dick and his wife live in the Sequim area. He is retired from HP Corvallis where he developed the inks for their ink jet printers. His wife was a professor at OSU. Now they spend their time kayaking, hiking, and Mt. Climbing.
The next two weeks will involve lots of rest, light running, and final planning for Western States. I've got one more week of work before a two week vacation.