• Dr. Jamie Blumentritt, PT, DPT

My FANS 12 Hour Finish

On Saturday, I finished 2nd overall and 1st place female at FANS 12 hour with a total of 65.25 miles and it was marathon #65 for me! I can’t say that I have ever finished a race feeling so much gratitude before.

I went into the race wanting to break the course record of 83.2 miles. I knew it would be tough, but I wanted to push the limits of what I can do. After a few hours, the heat and humidity really started to get to me and my body was telling me that I needed to slow down if I wanted to get through all 12 hours. So, with disappointment, that’s what I did.

By that time, I had pushed long and hard in the humidity and my body’s systems became completely out of equilibrium…that honestly is the only way I can explain how it felt. My breathing became so labored and it was just hard to get air in even when I focused on taking in deep and relaxing breaths. No, I do not have asthma and I was not feeling anxious. Here is an interesting website that discusses how lactic acid and carbon dioxide can lead to hyperventilation: