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Virginia Beach, Virginia
United States
Shamrock Sportsfest
58F / 14C
Total Time = 1h 10m 30s
Overall Rank = 4165/6000
Age Group = F25-29
Age Group Rank = 496/571
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 6:45 and took all my medication. Got dressed, pinned the number on, grabbed some food and water and the car key and headed downstairs. We stashed the hotel key in the car because carrying the car key was much easier. (No bag check? Strange) At 7:30, I ate a bag of Jelly Belly Sport Beans. Didn't feel like eating a Clif Bar (probably a bad call on my part).
Event warmup:

Walked to the start line and milled around there. Went to the porta-potties then went to the start line with a huge mass of people.
  • 1h 10m 30s
  • 4.97 miles
  • 14m 11s  min/mile

This is the first race I've managed to run the whole time!! I ran with my husband, Andy. We started off really easy and let everyone pass us. Basically, the goal was to keep running and that's exactly what we did. I was having kind of a hard time overheating before the first water stop and near the turn around. After I had water both times, I felt a lot better.

Mostly, I was proud of myself for not giving up and starting to walk and keeping the feet moving. We were pretty slow, but Andy hasn't been training too much and I was trying not to get my legs tired. In that regard, I think the race was a success.

I was pretty warm, almost too warm, which makes me think wearing shorts and a tshirt tomorrow won't be a problem even though it is supposed to be a bit colder.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. I wasn't trying to be fast with this race, so I wouldn't have changed much.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked to the porta-potties. Then got a bag of food and walked back to the hotel.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Holding back for the half-marathon tomorrow.

Event comments:

It would have been nice to have one more water station. The second one was a little far away. Looking at the map, it seems ok, but on the course, I felt like the turn-around would have been a good place to have another water stop.

I don't like having to walk so much on the sand after the race. That was kind of annoying, especially for people running two days. I really don't want to have sand in my shoes for tomorrow.

Last updated: 2007-12-12 12:00 AM
01:10:30 | 04.97 miles | 14m 11s  min/mile
Age Group: 496/571
Overall: 4165/6000
Performance: Average
Mile 1: 13:19.14 Mile 2: 13:21 Mile 3: 14:11 Mile 4: 14:57 Mile 5: 14:42.33
Course: Start at 33rd and Atlantic. Run up to Atlantic and Pacific, turn left on Pacific. Run south on Pacific to Laskin, turn left on Laskin and then right on Atlantic. Run south on Atlantic to 5th. Turn left on 5th to the boardwalk and then run north on the boardwalk to the finish at 31st.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-03-15 1:04 PM

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Science Nerd
Redwood City, California
Subject: Shamrock Sportsfest - 8k

2008-03-15 5:35 PM
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West Chester, Ohio
Subject: RE: Shamrock Sportsfest - 8k
Great job, Jen.  Smart move to save some leg for the half tomorrow. Hope you cn keep the running going for that one too.
2008-03-15 5:47 PM
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Melon Presser
Subject: RE: Shamrock Sportsfest - 8k
Way to go, Jen! Great job running. I have never run that far continuously in a race.
2008-03-15 7:57 PM
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Shalimar, FL
Subject: RE: Shamrock Sportsfest - 8k
Great job, and good luck tomorrow!!!
2008-03-16 4:49 PM
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You did an awesome job!
2008-03-18 5:17 AM
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Reykjavik, Iceland
Subject: RE: Shamrock Sportsfest - 8k
Looks like you ad a very good controlled race A good warm-up for what’s about to follow And nice job running the entire time


2008-03-21 2:28 PM
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Sous Mon Diadème
Subject: RE: Shamrock Sportsfest - 8k
Nice job, Jen!  Congrats on the continuous run and good call to save some legs .
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