Shamrock Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
United States
Shamrock Sportsfest
53F / 12C
Total Time = 1h 48m 15s
Overall Rank = 895/6869
Age Group = Women 30-34
Age Group Rank = 54/744
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 3:30, had a cup of coffee with some oatmeal and a protein shake. Got dressed and went to pick up a friend.
Event warmup:

No warmup other than walking almost a mile to the start line.
  • 1h 48m 15s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 16s  min/mile

Drove to the beach and parked. It was so windy that I was having to fight the wind to just keep walking. This worried me a little. Dropped my dry bag off, and went potty again. Got to my corral and laid my jacket on one of the posts. Thankfully by the time the race started, the wind died down a lot. Goal was to go a little slower for the first mile, then dial it in to my goal pace. I dropped my water bottle at the mile 5 mark and had to go back just a few steps in order to get it. Should have just left it. The first seven miles went awesome, I felt awesome. about 1/2 way into mile 8, I got this super sharp side cramp. It slowed me down instantly. I thought few deep breaths, and I would be good. It did not go away. I could not keep my speed through it at all. I decided at that time, to keep the slower 8:30ish pace until it went away. Well, it died down some, but was still there, so I ended up doing the slower pace for a good 5 miles. I kept flashing to how the last race ended, so I was ok with listening to my body this time. Overall, I got a race PR of 15:27 and a training PR of 7:26. Super happy with that. A little tired now, but overall, feeling really good. My splits were
8:14, 8:01, 8:05, 8:07, 8:01, 7:54, 8:03, 8:22, 8:31, 8:17, 8:31, 8:3, 8:22 and a sprint to the end.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure. The side cramp really set me back some. Would be awesome to not get the side cramp.
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed a banana and my finishers swag, and waited for my friend to finish. Once she came through the shoot, we walked into the beer tent and chatted with some friends for a bit.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Side cramp that really hurt.

Event comments:

I love the races that J & A Racing puts on. Love the Shamrock!!

Last updated: 2010-10-09 12:00 AM
01:48:15 | 13.1 miles | 08m 16s  min/mile
Age Group: 54/744
Overall: 744/6869
Performance: Good
Course: Pretty flat course. Run north to Fort Story, then turn south until turning onto the boardwalk for the finish line.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5