One of the challenges I have faced in the marathon is feeling very poorly at the end of the race.  It’s often the same thing, where we run our best race, sprint in at the end, and then stop cold.  I end up being faint immediately after, and apparently others have noticed this happening to me.  


At the Park City marathon one year, this happened once again.  This time I ended up being helped over to the medical tent.  When I went in, the doctor looked at me and said “I think I recognize you”.   Laying down on the bed they had there, I remember overhearing my son talking to someone.  “Yea, this happens to him all the time.  I’m his son, and I will stay with him”.   It always passes, then I feel better and walk out under my own steam.  


As I walked out the entrance, the doctor said “See you next year”. 



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Frank has run 103 marathons and 3 ultras. He considers any exercise that is not running to be a waste of time. His running music of choice is Nightwish, though he is also a huge fan of Cher. Frank currently lives with his wife in West Jordan, Utah.



Race Directors Note: Frank is a good personal friend that I have known for many years. We currently run together on a weekly basis, and I have run several marathons with him. Through these many interactions I have heard many of the stories that we are sharing on this blog, and I thought it was about time for the rest of the world to hear them. So I hope you all enjoy Fridays with Frank.

-Andrew


My first marathon was an incredible experience.  After overcoming a spot of heart trouble and with a clear “go ahead” from the heart doctor, I started running 20 years ago.  It took 4 years to get up enough courage to try a marathon, along with support from two awesome friends. 


From the picture, it is obvious we never discussed what was appropriate to wear to one’s first marathon.   I’ve run all of my marathons with music.  Technology wasn’t as good then, as evidenced by the CD player in my left hand.    Ogden 2003 was the event.  Riding up on the bus as I watched mile after mile after mile go by, I asked the question of “what have I done”?   But it went well.



My parents were still with us then, and came to Ogden to support me.  It was something I had never experienced before when I saw the finish line come into sight, and also to see my parents standing there waiting.   I was so excited to hear the hearty congratulations I planned to hear from my mother.  I ran across the line, ran up to them and stopped. 


Instead of “GREAT JOB”, or “YOU DID IT”, she said “Your face is all white”. 



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Frank has run 103 marathons and 3 ultras. He considers any exercise that is not running to be a waste of time. His running music of choice is Nightwish, though he is also a huge fan of Cher. Frank currently lives with his wife in West Jordan, Utah.



Race Directors Note: Frank is a good personal friend that I have known for many years. We currently run together on a weekly basis, and I have run several marathons with him. Through these many interactions I have heard many of the stories that we are sharing on this blog, and I thought it was about time for the rest of the world to hear them. So I hope you all enjoy Fridays with Frank.

-Andrew


I ran the Casper Wyoming marathon one year.    It was a beautiful marathon on a nice warm spring day. 


Everything went well until the end.  


The race spends several miles running on paved trails similar to the Jordan river Parkway, especially near the end, or at least it was the year I ran it.  There are lots of curves in the trail.  The mile 26 marker went by, I couldn’t see the finish line from there.  Then the trail curved, and came up to a street.  Based on the curve of the trail and a very inattentive volunteer stationed there, I started running down the street instead of crossing it into the finish area.   I got 40 or 50 yards down the street before I figured out I was suddenly alone.  I turned back around, and being from out of state and not familiar with the course, I got disoriented. 


I got back on the paved trail and started running, expecting to see the finish line appear any second.  Instead of seeing the finish line, I saw the mile 26 marker again, only it was facing the wrong way.  Figuring out I was running the wrong direction, I turned around, then ended up back at the same corner again. 


I always use music when I run marathons, usually in both ears.  Being very frustrated by now, I shouted at the inattentive volunteer asking where I was supposed to go.  But then I couldn’t hear what he said because of the headphones.   Then someone else ran by, so I saw where the finish line was, less than 30 yards away.  


It’s probably good I never heard what the volunteer said back to me. 



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Frank has run 103 marathons and 3 ultras. He considers any exercise that is not running to be a waste of time. His running music of choice is Nightwish, though he is also a huge fan of Cher. Frank currently lives with his wife in West Jordan, Utah.



Race Directors Note: Frank is a good personal friend that I have known for many years. We currently run together on a weekly basis, and I have run several marathons with him. Through these many interactions I have heard many of the stories that we are sharing on this blog, and I thought it was about time for the rest of the world to hear them. So I hope you all enjoy Fridays with Frank.

-Andrew

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