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Phoenix, Arizona
United States
Elite Racing Inc.
55F / 13C
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 47m 51s
Overall Rank = 1643/20276
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 77/2121
Pre-race routine:

Got up around 6 am and had bagel with peanut butter and half a banana. Lots of traffic on the interstate since many off ramps were closed.
Event warmup:

Ate Jelly Beans and had a little water, used the bathroom and had about 25 minutes to line up in corrals. There were 28 corrals and I was in #2. Stretched just outside of the gates to our corral.
Run
  • 1h 47m 51s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 14s  min/mile
Comments:

I was worried about a hamstring that had caused some problems just before Christmas. I tapered the long runs sooner than I wanted afraid that I might cause more injury. That may have been a problem. Around mile 9 I started to ache around the outside of my right knee (after talking to another runner she thought it might be my IT band???). By mile 12 1/2 I felt like I was almost limping on that side. I had a really hard go of it from mile 9 on. Thanks to my brother who pushed me along and slowed a bit for me.
What would you do differently?:

Not be injured so that I could run and only feel the exhaustion from running rather than pain. I'm not sure I could do anything about that though. We may have started out a little fast??? Our first mile was around 7:30.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around and found our parents soon after leaving the runners' area.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Painful right leg.

Event comments:

It was fun. I learned a lot since this was my first half marathon ever. It was great to run in a warm climate given the snow-covered trails I have been running for the last couple of months. Next year I'll come back stronger and a bit faster. 1 hour and 45 minutes in next year's goal and quite attainable as long as I stay strong. Thanks to my wonderful brother Scott who pushed me and helped me finish. It was a great weekend of just hanging out in Arizona.


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Last updated: 2007-09-25 12:00 AM
Running
01:47:51 | 13.1 miles | 08m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/2121
Overall: 0/20276
Performance: Average
Course: The course was fairly flat for the fist 9 miles or so. Then it gradually went up hill most of the next 4 miles. The road has some pot holes and uneveness.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2008-01-14 8:27 PM

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Subject: P. F. Chang's Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Half Marathon


2008-01-14 8:32 PM
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Subject: RE: P. F. Chang's Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Half Marathon

Well done! I started right behind you in #3

Looks like you had a good cheering squad out there. Glad you had fun here in PHX

2008-01-15 9:56 AM
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Subject: RE: P. F. Chang's Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Half Marathon
Great job!  You'll easily get below 1:45.
2008-01-15 6:12 PM
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Subject: RE: P. F. Chang's Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Half Marathon
This is what PHX is about. Beautiful weather in January. Excellent job for your first half mary. 1:45 is easily within range.
2008-01-16 8:14 AM
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Subject: RE: P. F. Chang's Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Half Marathon

Becki!  Great race!  Sorry to hear about the knee......it's great that you had Scott there.  That's a cool brother to wait and help you through the tough spots.

1:45 next year...no problem!

Uh...it's gotta be tough getting back here to MN...-9 on Saturday morning...I think I may be running laps on the indoor track.

Welcome back!

2008-01-16 8:23 AM
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Subject: RE: P. F. Chang's Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Half Marathon
Great job sticking it out, Becki.  Looks like the weather was great!


2008-01-16 8:52 AM
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Subject: RE: P. F. Chang's Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Half Marathon
Great job Becki.  I love it when the race reports start to roll in.
2008-01-22 10:03 AM
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Subject: RE: P. F. Chang's Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Half Marathon

Awesome race, Becki! Geez, 1:47 in your first half mary? Pretty darn incredible. You'll be all over that 1:45 next year.

Cheers!

Tom

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