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Virginia Beach, Virginia
United States
Shamrock Sportsfest
42F / 6C
Overcast
Total Time = 2h 13m 33s
Overall Rank = 2943/5501
Age Group = F35-39
Age Group Rank = 207/492
Pre-race routine:

Woke up around 3:15 am, packed up the car, and drove the 2 hours to VA Beach. Parked the car and walked through gale force winds and rain to Jen's hotel. Hung out in the nice warm hotel until Jen came down, got my number & stuff from her (thanks!), and went to the starting line. (Breakfast = diet Pepsi & Cliff Dipped PBJ bar on drive down)
Event warmup:

Hanging out with Jen & her hubby, trying to find somewhere the wind wasn't blowing. :)
Run
  • 2h 13m 33s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 11s  min/mile
Comments:

Awesome run! I'm so happy with my performance - better than I had hoped. HR was low Z3 for most of the run, and I only walked to drink/eat. Went through 30 oz of nuun/water and 2 gels on the run. Bypassed the aid stations because I took my fuel belt and I'm partial to my own stuff.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing - the training plan obviously worked. I'm a happy (and faster than I thought) girl!
Post race
Warm down:

Walked through the lines to pick up medals, hats, goodie bags, and space blankets. Took off my timing chip and got some wicked calf cramps. Went on to the beach to try to stretch. Didn't work. Got some beer. :) Didn't help my cramp but did improve my mood. Worked again on the calf cramps and couldn't shake them, so I walked to my car and drank some more nuun. Felt a little better, so I drove home. (Stopped for Wendy's Spicy Baconator & fries on the way home. Mmmmm.)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing - I'm thrilled.

Event comments:

This was a great race, and an excellent first 1/2 mary. Lots of volunteers, good spectators, some music, some jokes, some army folks, and nice runners. I had enough room to run without bumping folks, but I never felt lonely.




Last updated: 2007-12-07 12:00 AM
Running
02:13:33 | 13.1 miles | 10m 11s  min/mile
Age Group: 207/492
Overall: 2943/5501
Performance: Good
May drop in HR data later - but split info from race: First 4.9 mi = 49:34 (10:07 pace) Last 8.2 mi = 1:23:58 (10:15 pace)... I think I was actually closer to 10:0x pace for the first 8-9 miles, based on glancing at my watch. 2943/5501 overall 1319/3162 females 207/492 F35-39
Course: The funniest thing about the course were the joke boards along the course...my favorites: <b>Man who keeps hand in pocket feels cocky all day</b> and <b>A crowded elevator smells different to a midget</b> Yeah, I'm childish. :o
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
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] 5

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2008-03-16 3:16 PM

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2008-03-16 3:25 PM
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Congratulations on a great race, Kristen!!  Awesome first half-marathon for you. 
2008-03-16 4:14 PM
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I already posted on your blog but i'm so freakin proud of you!  Sounds like you had a really awesome race!
2008-03-16 4:45 PM
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CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

You had an AWESOME race and did a GREAT job!


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2008-03-16 5:51 PM
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AWESOME running, Kristen!  That's fantastic!!  I can't believe you got up at 3:15 to get down there--I'm partial to hotels for the out of town races so I can sleep even 2 hours more
2008-03-16 6:59 PM
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Great job!!! Congrats on a super race.


2008-03-16 7:16 PM
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Congratulations, Kristen on a well run race. Teach me how to pace, ok? Great job!


2008-03-16 7:37 PM
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Wow, great race. Congrats on a great first 1/2 mary!
2008-03-17 11:27 AM
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congratulations, speedy mc-runner!
2008-03-17 1:53 PM
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Wahoo!  Way to go!
2008-03-17 7:20 PM
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Awesome race!  You must be SO happy...


2008-03-17 7:24 PM
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2008-03-17 7:46 PM
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Great job!  You're consistent training really paid off.
2008-03-18 6:00 AM
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Great job!  That's way too early to get up!
2008-03-18 12:51 PM
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enders_shadow - 2008-03-17 10:57 AM

Congrats on the race & I can't believe you camped the night before! Wow! (I thought I was nuts driving in from Richmond on Sunday morning - I can't even imagine camping!)

I'm sure your next race will go better! Great job!


Yes, driving from Richmond Sunday morning is nuts!!

Sounds like you had a fantastic race! Way to go!
2008-03-18 7:08 PM
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Great job on your first 1/2 mary!!!
The jokes cracked me right up, too


2008-03-18 8:08 PM
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Wow! Awesome job, girl! Congrats on your first half-mary! Looks like you did a great job, but was there really any doubt. You have put in some serious miles getting ready for this and it really paid off.
2008-03-21 1:32 PM
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you are way fast!  awesome job! 
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