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Tom King Classic - RunHalf Marathon

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Nashville, Tennessee
United States
Nashville Striders
45F / 7C
Total Time = 2h 03m 38s
Overall Rank = 556/938
Age Group = F 25-29
Age Group Rank = 26/48
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 5:30am and was greeted with lovely rain, thunder and lightening! We knew this was going to be the case, so we just carried on. I was still feeling full from our dinner the night before, but I had a packet of oatmeal and 1/2 a banana. Left the house at 7:10am to get to Titan's Coliseum.
Event warmup:

We hung out under the overhang at the stadium until they made us line up. It was serious all out rain. Not sure how I lucked out for my first half marathon to have such lovely weather, and if I wasn't running it with my sister I might have just skipped it. So about 5 minutes before the start we lined up an got soaked.
  • 2h 03m 38s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 26s  min/mile

It poured down rain pretty much the whole time. And then like 30 minutes after it was over the sun came out and it was nice out. Go figure. I went back and forth on what to wear and settled on running tights, tank top, and my bike jacket that is waterproof and has vents on the sides. It was the right call except as I gave it all I had at the end I started to overheat. I did not want to stop and take the jacket off, though, and lose time. It was really just the last mile that I was warm.

The course was really nice - excellent choice for a first half marathon. There was plenty of water on the course and gels at mile 7. I had my own and took it right at mile 7. Worked out well. I also carried my own water but didn't drink much of it - I think I absorbed a lot from the rain.

I was worried that we were starting out too fast - my sister definitely could have pulled down a 1:45 if she wanted to, but she ran with me. She was a great pacer. I had the Garmin in my pocket since it was raining so I didn't really know how we were doing, but I knew we were running faster than we trained (10:00 miles on the long runs). I was hoping for around 2:10, but with the rain I figured anything under 2:15 would be awesome. I had no idea what our time was going into the last few miles and I think that was good. I was surprised to see how consistently we ran our miles. I was also really glad to see that I had some left in the tank for the last mile. We got to run into the stadium and around the field and I totally felt like I was going to die. But of course, I didn't :)
What would you do differently?:

Be kinder to the weather gods and get better weather??
Post race
Warm down:

My legs were so tired by the time we got through the finish line and I just came to a halt right past it. I got my medal and had my chip taken off and we headed upstairs for food. They had a really nice spread AND we got to sit with Jeff Galloway at breakfast!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I could say the rain I guess, but I don't know if I would have run any faster. I was SOOOO pleased with my time. With battling IT band issues all last year I haven't been doing any tempo/hill work until the last few weeks. All of our long runs were at a 10:00/mile pace and they felt comfortable, so I really wasn't sure what our race pace would be. I think 9:22/miles is awesome and I think I would have run about the same speed even in dry conditions. Definitely could have lost the jacket the last mile, though.

Event comments:

Awesome race - very nice, fast, flat course. And it was so awesome to do it with my sister. She was so encouraging and kept looking at her watch and not telling me the time but just telling me how awesome I was and how impressed she was with how I was doing. It's been such an experience to train with her and I feel truly blessed to have such a wonderful sister to share this with. We went home after the race, rested up, and went out and hit the town in Nashville last night and were able to hang until 4am. Good to see we haven't lost our touch!!!

Last updated: 2008-01-11 12:00 AM
02:03:38 | 13.1 miles | 09m 26s  min/mile
Age Group: 26/48
Overall: 556/938
Performance: Good
Garmin clocked this race at 13.27 miles. Mile 1 - 9:22/169 Ave HR Mile 2 - 9:38/175 Ave HR Mile 3 - 9:22/175 Ave HR Mile 4 - 9:24/177 Ave HR Mile 5 - 9:24/178 Ave HR Mile 6 - 9:21/178 Ave HR Mile 7 - 9:26/179 Ave HR Mile 8 - 9:26/179 Ave HR Mile 9 - 9:11/181 Ave HR Mile 10 - 9:25/182 Ave HR Mile 11 - 9:21/182 Ave HR Mile 12 - 9:15/182 Ave HR Mile 13 - 8:57/185 Ave HR Mile .27 - 1:58 (7:15 pace)/188 Ave HR
Course: Fast and flat along the Shelby Bottoms greenway along the river. Really nice course - no major hills at all! 9:21/mile pace at 13.27 miles 179 Ave HR
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
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

2008-03-16 9:15 PM

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Smyrna, GA
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2008-03-16 9:18 PM
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Pulaski TN
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Great job on not such a good weather day!
2008-03-17 8:18 AM
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Winder, GA
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Way to go in your first 1/2 mary! And with such terrible weather you still rocked it! Congrats on a great race!
2008-03-17 11:40 AM
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Nice job Hot stuff! Since you have now run a half marathon (and I know you can ride 56miles and swim 1.2) there is no reason for you not to sign up for a HIM!

Don't be a stranger around here.

2008-03-17 2:22 PM
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