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Virginia Beach, Virginia
United States
Shamrock Sportsfest
42F / 6C
Overcast
Total Time = 2h 26m
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

up at 4:30, had cliff bar, sports drink and coffee on way to race, found a great parking space (always a challenge at the beach), waited in my car for a while since is was raining a bit and super windy
Event warmup:

walked to the gear drop place and starting corral, tried to stay out of the wind until the last minute, I never found any of my friends before the start
Run
  • 2h 26m
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 09s  min/mile
Comments:

It was cold and windy at the start, mostly a headwind until we got up the course about 3 miles, I started slowly not really feeling inspired for the race, my 5 mile split was just under 58 minutes, decided to speed up just a bit, the wind coming off the ocean in Ft STory was fairly strong, my next 5 mile split was right around 55 minutes, pretty happy with that; I tried to pick up my speed for the last 5K but my legs started cramping; I was mad at myself for not bringing along any electrolyte tablets, had to settle for a 34 minute 5K; not bad but not quite as fats as I had wanted
What would you do differently?:

carry electrolytes, drink more gatorade along the way
Post race
Warm down:

went into the tent, had some Irish Stew and some beer, talked to a few friends but my legs were sore so I didn't stay long; I was tired of standing

What limited your ability to perform faster:

lack of speed training

Event comments:

this is a great local race that I do every year; one of these years we're going to have good weather




Last updated: 2008-01-07 12:00 AM
Running
02:26:00 | 13.1 miles | 11m 09s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: N on SHore drive, turn into Ft Story and then back down Atlantic to the Boardwalk
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
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] 4

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2008-03-16 6:51 PM

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Master
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2008-03-16 7:28 PM
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Champion
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Subject: RE: Shamrock Sportsfest Half Marathon
Irish stew and beer Sounds like a good deal.  THere wassome random guy on the side of the road art myrace today with a beer aide station.....he was sitting outside his RV...only in FL!!! Good jos in the poopy conditions
2008-03-16 7:39 PM
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Master
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Goodyear, AZ
Subject: RE: Shamrock Sportsfest Half Marathon

That does sound like a fun race- too bad I wasnt a runner when I lived in Va Beach!

Great job today in the yucky conditions, that windy, ocean air is tough!

Happy St Patricks day!  

2008-03-16 7:57 PM
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Science Nerd
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Subject: RE: Shamrock Sportsfest Half Marathon

Nice race!!  Gatorade seemed kind of hard to come by at a few of the water stops.  Two of them were out by the time I got there.

It was really cold this morning.  I jumped in at the last minute, too, so I didn't get a chance to see you.

It was nice to see you again.  Let me know if you want to come ride some hills one weekend.  

2008-03-16 8:10 PM
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wish I could have run it with you!  Good job
2008-03-16 8:34 PM
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Williamsburg, Virginia
Subject: RE: Shamrock Sportsfest Half Marathon
Nice run and yes one of these years the weather will be nice. I wanted to do it this year but the timing was off for me, maybe 2009.


2008-03-16 11:01 PM
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Nicely done!
2008-03-17 9:58 AM
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Out running or enjoying a fine glass of red...
Subject: RE: Shamrock Sportsfest Half Marathon
Nice job & sorry I haven't had a chance to meet you yet! Congrats on a great race!
2008-03-17 10:04 AM
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Champion
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Subject: RE: Shamrock Sportsfest Half Marathon

Nice job Sue!

Bummer the bad weather and leg cramps for last part of the race.

Cool that you could pick up the pace for second 5 miles...speed work will come.

Irish stew and beer at finish line...excellant!

2008-03-17 7:30 PM
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Elite
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Subject: RE: Shamrock Sportsfest Half Marathon
Sounds like they at least have nice post -race food.  Although the weather doesn't sound so good.  Nice race though.
2008-03-17 8:15 PM
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Royal(PITA)
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Subject: RE: Shamrock Sportsfest Half Marathon
Great race under tough weather conditions.  Super job picking up the pace for the middle part!


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