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Shamrock Sportsfest Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
United States
Shamrock Sportsfest
50F / 10C
Total Time = 1h 44m 55s
Overall Rank = 634/5501
Age Group = Male 30-34
Age Group Rank = 72/380
Pre-race routine:

Up at about 4:55 to eat some food (banana, cliff bar, etc.) and stretch. Out the door around 5:30 to park and get to the start around 6:30.
Event warmup:

Ran for about 5 minute and did more pre-race stretching/warmups while waiting for the start.
  • 1h 44m 55s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 01s  min/mile
What would you do differently?:

I'd come out of the gate a bit slower. I haven't seen my splits yet but I know I was running a sub 8 m/m for the first three or four miles. I should have been running around an 8:30 m/m during that part of the race. I did pace myself after I realized my avg. pace was too high but prolly not enough. So, I didn't have quite as much left for the finish as I'd have liked.
Post race
Warm down:

Light stretching as I walked back to car...more stretching post shower.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Overall speed and endurance. Not sure at this stage I could have run a much faster race without a risk of injury.

Event comments:

Great race...although the weather was cold and windy at the start, it was fine once I was warmed up and running a bit off the water. Very well organized with plenty of aid/water stations and a well organized finish area. Plus, they posted the race results within hours!

Last updated: 2008-02-27 12:00 AM
01:44:55 | 13.1 miles | 08m 01s  min/mile
Age Group: 72/380
Overall: 634/5501
Performance: Good
Course: Flat with a few pretty spots where you can see the water. The finish on the board walk is nice but honestly, I was so focused on the finish and setting a PB I barely noticed the crowds, water, etc.
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
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

2008-03-17 8:36 AM

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Subject: Shamrock Sportsfest Half Marathon

2008-03-17 9:51 AM
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Out running or enjoying a fine glass of red...
Subject: RE: Shamrock Sportsfest Half Marathon
Nice job! I was impressed with the results being posted so early too.

Congrats on the PB!!!
2008-03-17 10:13 AM
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Science Nerd
Redwood City, California
Subject: RE: Shamrock Sportsfest Half Marathon
Congrats on the new PR!!!  Great race!
2008-03-17 10:27 AM
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San Jose, CA
Subject: RE: Shamrock Sportsfest Half Marathon
congrats...nice race!
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