|Evening prior's reaction to the Marathon weather forecast|
As correctly shouted by a West University spectator at mile twelve, due to the weather the 2013 Houston Marathon is one that all of its runners will long remember. With starting temperatures in the low 40's, and powerful gusty northerly winds between 20 to 30 miles per hour carrying a mix of rain and sleet, despite growing up in Chicago I was ill prepared.
|Mile 15, and close to my DNF|
Though my clothing was warm enough, I had never practiced running long distances while frequently hurdling over large and growing puddles of water on the road surfaces hoping to avoid a premature soaking. Eventually realizing that my efforts to keep my shoes and socks semi-dry was futile, owing to the cumulative effect of rainfall, splashing by adjoining runners, and the periodic necessity to step in puddles up to an inch deep, I did not anticipate the effect of such hurdling on my hip flexors. The hip flexors are the critical muscle which one engages to lift up ones foot and leg during the running gait, and owing to these puddle jumps this critical muscle was excessively used long before mile 26.
|Mark and Ryan Hall following the Houston Marathon|
As a consolation prize, upon returning to the GRB I happened to see a line forming to meet Ryan Hall, which I took advantage of as I have long been a huge fan and supporter. Mentioning my DNF, I was encouraged when Ryan responded "we've all been there" (as I know he has, having himself DNF'd on more than one race.)
|Laura, Cortney, Xabier, Kim and Mark|
To all of the 2013 Houston Marathon runners, and especially for the many volunteers and supportive spectator along the course, I congratulate you.