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Seaside, Florida
United States
Seaside Half-Marathon
60sF / 0C
Total Time = 2h 00m 10s
Overall Rank = 567/2000
Age Group = F50-54
Age Group Rank = 4/77
Pre-race routine:

Stayed with a friend in Seagrove Beach, so it was a simple thing -- jump out of bed, have lots of coffee (story to come) and a Power Bar, then walk over to the course.

Warning -- lots of potty talk in this race report. :)
Event warmup:

Shivering -- it was 50 degrees at the start but 70 degrees at the end. How do you prepare for that? Long porta potty lines, so I decided not to wait.
  • 2h 00m 10s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 10s  min/mile

I guess I had too much coffee before the start. Then the porta potty lines were long, so I decided to blow it off. Of course, that's all I could think about during the run, so I finally decided to stop. Then I couldn't get back on pace. I'm just fortunate that I still made my goal!

As an aside -- I stopped at the porta potty a couple of miles after the turn around. There was a very nice woman who was on her way out, not to the turn around yet. She was in line in front of me, but saw that I was on the return and made me go in front of her. :)
What would you do differently?:

Don't drink so much coffee!
Post race
Warm down:

Not much -- walked around a little, some light stretching.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The stop in the middle of the race interrupted my pace, and I had difficulties getting back together. Definitely a lesson learned...

Event comments:

They had difficulties with the race results, and of course it started with my age group. They announced the first place finisher, then went on to the men. I started to pout. :( So I went up and questioned them, and it turned out that they had lost an antenna and they had been using wireless transfer, so they had to go to backup. Unfortunately that took a long time. But it turned out ok -- second in my age group!

Well, now they've posted results on the website and it looks like they made another error yesterday, and I actually came in 4th instead of 2nd. I'm going to contact the race committee and see what they want to do.

Last updated: 2007-12-21 12:00 AM
02:00:10 | 13.1 miles | 09m 10s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/77
Overall: 0/2000
Performance: Average
1 8:55 147; 2 8:40 161; 3 8:33 163; 4 8:38 165; 5 8:39 166; 6 8:37 167; 7 8:39 167; 8 10:26 164 (porta potty stop -- had to stand in line!); 9 9:08 166; 10 9:26 163; 11 9:48 164; 12 9:36 165; 13 9:03 172; 0.1 1:22 177 (and my Garmin said it was 0.18 miles)
Course: Florida = flat -- not really! There were whoop-de-dos and even some "hills".
Keeping cool Average Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Bad
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
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

2008-03-02 2:47 PM

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Shalimar, FL
Subject: Seaside Half-Marathon

2008-03-02 6:56 PM
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Gulf Shores, AL
Subject: RE: Seaside Half-Marathon
Nice job Cherie. Potty stories can be bad but you didn't let it get to you. 2nd in your age group in a race of that size is very impressive.
2008-03-03 9:20 AM
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Impressive race and 2nd in your AG rocks!

Congratulations of working hard and getting your rhythm back after your stop. 

2008-03-03 9:24 AM
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Subject: RE: Seaside Half-Marathon
Great AG place!

Our family has a house in Seaside but I have never made it down to this race..Maybe one day.

Congrats again.
2008-03-03 11:37 AM
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Really South
Subject: RE: Seaside Half-Marathon
Great job! I did this race last year and had a blast. I thought it was going to be flat as a pancake and was suprised by the topography.
2008-03-03 12:39 PM
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Lakewood, CO
Subject: RE: Seaside Half-Marathon
Way to go out there, sounds like the biggest challenge of the run was the morning coffee!!!

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