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Shamrock Sportsfest Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
United States
Shamrock Sportsfest
45F / 7C
Total Time = 2h 02m 33s
Overall Rank = 1779/5501
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 189/380
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 5am. PB sandwich, ensure, some water.
Event warmup:

Walked briskly to the start, paused for anthem, jumped fence to get in corral 2 and gun went off. Perfect timing.
  • 2h 02m 33s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 21s  min/mile

ok. Legs were a little tired at end, but it was a training run, and I didn't want to push especially coming off an injury. Maintained 9:00 to 9:30 pace the whole time. 2 hr group passed me around half way, and I didn't feel like hanging with them since they were running faster I think since they were slow in the beginning. I knew I didn't have the strength and endurance in the legs. No issue on cardio side.

I thought about picking up the pace for the final 5k to get under 2 hrs, but I figured it wasn't worth it for my first half. 13.1 miles is the longest I have ever run!

No issue with the knee. Felt fine the entire race :)
Post race
Warm down:

Guinness, Half-n-Half, Half-n-Half, and another Guinness at Murphey's. Sweet!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

lack of endurance/strength

Event comments:

what's with the A-hole on Saturday not letting people on the beach when the tent party was for friends and family. My gf finally found me and we figured that we could get to the tent via the other entrance on the beach, hence the low organized score. I skipped the party on Sunday for that reason. Our tower of beer cups on Sat was awesome though!

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Last updated: 2007-11-13 12:00 AM
02:02:33 | 13.1 miles | 09m 21s  min/mile
Age Group: 189/380
Overall: 1779/5501
Performance: Average
9:32, 9:41, 9:26, 9:18, 9:28, 9:18, 9:09, ~9:56, ~8:43, 9:21, 9:15, 9:07, 10:18 (1.1 mi)
Course: flat, windy for the first few miles and the last few. The middle was nice especially with the funny little billboard signs.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? No
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-03-16 2:10 PM

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King George, VA
Subject: Shamrock Sportsfest Half Marathon

2008-03-16 5:12 PM
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Science Nerd
Redwood City, California
Subject: RE: Shamrock Sportsfest Half Marathon

Great race!!  Congratulations!

I can't believe they wouldn't let your friends and family in the tent!  That's what it's supposed to be for and mine usually go.  We didn't this year.  Guess it was a good plan. 

2008-03-17 10:02 AM
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Out running or enjoying a fine glass of red...
Subject: RE: Shamrock Sportsfest Half Marathon
Nice race! I loved the little billboard jokes too - especially the ones that were PG-13 rated. Got a good chuckle out of me.
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