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It was 7 a.m., but Jill Donnelly was already sticky-hot. The 40-year-old mother of three had woken up early that June day to run her first 10K race. As she waited at the starting line in Annapolis, Maryland, with thousands of others in the thick summer air, she tightened her shoelaces and wiped a few beads of sweat from her forehead.
The gun sounded. She took off, and quickly. She skipped the water stations and kept pushing, excited to be running so well. At mile 3, however, she started breathing strangely. At mile 4.5, she could see the race’s leaders. Whoa! she thought. I’m going fast!
And that’s the last thing she remembers. When her eyes finally fluttered back open, EMTs were rolling her stretcher from an ambulance into Anne Arundel Medical Center’s ER and she was being pumped with intravenous fluids. She couldn’t remember the names of close friends and she was nauseated.Next: Find Out How Hydration Affect Jill's Run »
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