Shamrock Half Marathon - Run

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
United States
J&A Racing
46F / 8C
Total Time = 1h 37m 55s
Overall Rank = 392/3891
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 33/319
Event warmup:

Some quick dynamic stretches and a 20 minute warm-up run
  • 1h 37m 55s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 28s  min/mile

Surprising result as my training had been more in the building phase after having most of January off. My coach suggested running the race without being able to see my lap and pace data, never tried it before so let's give it a go.
Prior to the start I ran into some friends and one was shooting for the pace I had hoped to run so we decided to run together.
Felt really good through the first few miles, every time I felt the pace may be too much I just backed if off for a bit. At mile 6 I had to stop to use the bathroom, as soon as I left the porta john I took off just hoping to get the person I was pacing with back in sight. Took me a bit but found her, I hoped I didn't burn too many matches catching up.
By mile 9 I started to feel it, struggling to keep pace. We hit the aid station about a half mile later and there was a DJ, he just so happen to be playing my granddaughters favorite songs, yes songs! This gave me big boost and my second wind slowly kicked it. Mile 10 & 17 were faster but 12 was a little rough. The last mile I think was pure will, ran it at a sub 7 pace and I was fighting the whole length of the boardwalk to keep it up or go faster.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

go to the beer tent

What limited your ability to perform faster:

nothing, didn't expect this result so could not be happier

Event comments:

Overall a great race, I love doing this race each year. Just wish they had something other than that stew in the party tent

Last updated: 2013-04-07 12:00 AM
01:37:55 | 13.1 miles | 07m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 33/319
Overall: 392/3891
Performance: Good
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