Altus man returns home after trip to hospital following Oklahoma City marathon

Jeff Greenlee, of Altus, went to a hospital during the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon on Sunday. He returned home Monday.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Modified: April 29, 2013 at 9:41 pm •  Published: April 30, 2013

“My mistake is coming out the first half and running the first half at a seven minute and 15 second pace,” Greenlee said. “That was just too fast for me. I would have been on pace for a three-hour and 10-minute marathon, and I knew I couldn't do that. I was kind of shooting through Mile 19 before I blacked out.”

Greenlee wears a device to track his steps while he runs. It creates a map that he can view after the race of what his path looks like. His route from Sunday gets interesting toward the finish line, he said.

“It looks like a kindergartner got a hold of a Crayola and just squiggled lines everywhere,” he said. “I don't know what I was thinking or what was going on through there, but I was everywhere.”

This won't be Greenlee's last marathon, though. He finished Sunday with a time of 3:27:57 and said he hopes to be able to run in the Boston Marathon in 2014.

“I like the challenge of seeing what I can improve on with the time, and I feel fortunate that I have the good knees and joints to do that, and that's the reason I push myself,” he said.

Contributing: Leighanne Manwarren, Staff Writer

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by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, medicine and fitness, among other things. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a news-editorial and broadcast production degree. Outside of work, she enjoys riding her bike, taking pictures of...
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