Shamrock Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
United States
Shamrock Sportsfest
Total Time = 1h 48m 8s
Overall Rank = 882/6869
Age Group = W 30-34
Age Group Rank = 53/744
Pre-race routine:

This was kind of a cluster compared to the way I usually prepare. I am a very type A person and don't deal well with change. I didn't sleep well Friday night and was very grumpy and tired Saturday and generally not a pleasant person. I also made some last minute changes to my race day clothes and plan (nutrition) based on the weather. The whole week prior I had been dealing with a sore quad/hip/IT band in my right leg. I did a short 20 minute run with some race pace on Saturday and actually felt really good. Thankfully, I also slept like a rock Saturday night.

Sunday morning I got up, ate, stretched and had breakfast (oatmeal, banana, brown sugar). I sipped on HEED and had a cup of coffee. I did some light stretching and foam rolling and used my heating pad. After checking the weatehr and going outside (it was REALLy windy but the temps seemed OK), I made a final decision on my race attire (capris, trip top, arm warmers). I kept extra layers on as long as possible to stay warm and listened to some music to try to relax.

Event warmup:

About 6:25 Kory (my husband) and I headed out to warm up. I did between 15 and 20 minutes E pace then jogged in pace as I was waiting to get into my corral. I was a little stressed because I was supposed to hand off my jacket but it took a while to find my designated person. I saw a couple of teammates and started to get focused. I was pretty cold once I took off my jacket and was doing my best to stay warm and not shiver. I took a short of HammerGel mixed with pre-race about 15 minutes before the start.
  • 1h 48m 8s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 15s  min/mile

My plan was to run 8:24 pace through mile 7 then drop by 5-10 second per mile after. More or less I held to that though I knew even before looking at the data that mile 7-9 in Fort Story weren't as good (I think it was a factor of the winds). I was really happy to go sub-8 for the last mile and it definitely helped to see my coach and husband near the finish line (Kory ran with me for about 1/4 mile).

Overall, I came in with a race plan (fluids at every stop, gel at every other water stop starting at the second one) and it worked. I new the course, knew my times and where I should be, and felt prepared. Having a race plan and breaking it up into sections definitely worked well for me!
What would you do differently?:

I started in corral 2 but could have started in 1. I was afraid I would go out too fast and regret it. I ended up going out a bit fast anyway and was concerned it would cause problems later on but I didn't. I was having a hard time in the first mile because of really slow runners and weven some walkers I had to dodge which surprised me for that corral. I would have switched to corral 1 to avoid that next time and just stick to the back of that group. Now that I achieved my goal of under 1:50 (and got a 10 minute PR) next time I would see if I could go sub 1:45 :)
Post race
Warm down:

Walked a bit then headed back to the hotel to shower before my family would be finishing. Did not stretch nearly enough and I definitely regret that today. Took in some fluids, pretzels and random other food.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

It was a 10 minute PR so I'm not sure I could have done much more - maybe a couple seconds here and there id I hadn't been dealing with the winds.

Event comments:

Because we were hanging out with family, I missed most of hanging with my team which was a bummer. Also, thanks to work commitments, we had to leave a few hours after the race while I would have preferred to stay and relax. I skipped the Irish stew (it looked really watery) but did enjoy the post-race beach on the beach.

Last updated: 2011-01-25 12:00 AM
01:48:08 | 13.1 miles | 08m 15s  min/mile
Age Group: 53/744
Overall: 882/6869
Performance: Good
mile pace 1 00:08:27 2 00:08:20 4 00:08:23 5 00:08:22 6 00:08:16 7 00:08:10 8 00:08:15 9 00:08:16 10 00:08:02 11 00:08:07 12 00:08:05 13 00:07:49 14 00:01:07 Avg HR 163 Max HR 175
Course: Fast and flat. Very little elevation change (I think it's a total of 12 feet). Headwind for the first couple miles then again once you hit Fort Story but coming out of Fort Story was great. No complaints - I loved this race!
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] 4