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Chesapeake, Virginia
United States
Chesapeake Conventions & Tourism
80F / 27C
Sunny
Total Time = 2h 17m 11s
Overall Rank = 703/2500
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 32/81
Pre-race routine:

Up at 0530 to wash up and stretsh a bit. Forgot to bring the toaster or a knife so breakfast was dipping the piece of w.w. bagel into the jar of peanutbutter and eating each piece like a small sandwich. Had my mojo low fat organic chocolate soy milk too :) (any excuse for that stuff) along with some coffee, V8 and a banana. Got all the food groups covered now...
Event warmup:

Got to the site and walked around, stretched some. Met up with Susan and Klynne briefly before the start. They were pushing me to run with the 2:15 pace group since their plan was 9:1 run/walk. I wan't sure about that but did get in ahead of them since I wanted to run the whole thing.
Run
  • 2h 17m 11s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 28s  min/mile
Comments:

I started off with the 2:30 pace group, slow and conservative. Caught up around mile 2 with a group of pink zebra ladies who happened to be from Richmond too. We hung together for about 3 miles, they stopped at a portapotty around mile 5 and I caught up to the 2:15 pace group when they dropped off. I hung with that pace group for about 4 miles so I was with them past the turn around and feeling pretty good. Somewhere around mile 9 the pace leader turned on his speed and I was feeling comfortable where I was so I lost sight of him. I kept cruising along hitting a glop of Gu and a sip of water every mile or so. That worked real well for me, the Gu didn't upset my stomach and I didn't feel over bloated from the water. My pink zebra lady friends caught up with me around mile 10 or 11 so we finished together.
What would you do differently?:

Next time I do a half I'll have to be more aggressive to hold with the pace crew but this was my first half so my goal was to run the entire thing and feel good all the way.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, grabbed a half sandwich, banana and lots of cold water from the volunteers. I was starting to stretch when my right calf just cramped up. I couldn't put my foot down for what seemed like a lomg time, barely able to put weight on it for several minutes. Once we got back to the hotel I walked around the pool for a few minutes and sat in the hot tub to stretch before our drive back to Richmond.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing, I ran according to my plan and enjoyed my first half marathon.

Event comments:

I was told that at least 5 runners went out by EMS because of the heat. I saw one lady hooked up to the AED but don't know if she was shocked or it was a precaution. It was pretty warm but the weather here has been all over the map for temperature lately so no one has really accomodated to the warmer weather yet. There were water/gatorade stops at miles 2, 4, 6, and 8 with Accel gel handed out at mile 6 so I think a lot of people weren't hydrated enough for the heat and my Gu/water plan kept me humming along. I'll have to thank my friend at the gym who suggested that to me. She does marathons that way all the time without any problem. Works for me too :)


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Last updated: 2007-12-26 12:00 AM
Running
02:17:11 | 13.1 miles | 10m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 32/81
Overall: 703/2500
Performance: Good
mile 3 31:3 mile 6 1:02.28 mile 10 1:44.50
Course: Totally flat out the road that parallels the Dismal Swamp Canal, turn around and back. Fairly well shaded for most of it. Not crowded at all. Lots of runners pushing strollers...Only one costumed runner this time and she was in a yellow chiffon skirt with yellow bunny ears. There was music just after the turn around but it wasn't as animated a race as Monument in terms of party stuff. No cow bell either, finally heard some after the whole thing was over but it just wasn't enough
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2008-04-19 3:58 PM
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WHOO WHOO WHOO! Congrats on the first half-mary - you did fantastic!
2008-04-19 4:15 PM
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Great job on your Half Mary!!!!  Sounds like things went according to plan and you enjoyed yourself.  Way to go!
2008-04-19 5:10 PM
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Congrats Judi, way to stick to plan!  Awesome...
2008-04-19 5:52 PM
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Nice job! I love that you had a solid plan and you stuck with it. It's so cool that you found some fun people to run with along the way. Congratulations on the first half!
2008-04-19 6:06 PM
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Nice going!  Looks like everything went according to plan with no hang ups.  Gotta feel good about that!


2008-04-19 6:31 PM
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I'll give that gel/water thing tomorrow.  Thanks.  If I haven't said it yet great job.  Sounds like you fun and did well.
2008-04-19 7:45 PM
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Woooo nice job Judi on the first 1/2 mary...I had no doubt you could do it!  And hey, those pink zebra outfits, that's my cup of tea!!!! 

 

2008-04-19 7:56 PM
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Congrats!  You did a great job pacing yourself and finishing strong!!  Very nice job!!
2008-04-19 8:00 PM
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Excellant job!

You had a race plan and executed it wisely and hit your goal...great way to race!

Love the pink zebra ladies..really I have a similar outfit.

Enjoy your success! 

 

2008-04-19 8:02 PM
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Excellent job, even without the toaster!    Sounds like you had a great plan and executed it well.  Congrats on your first half mary!!!   (How many packets of Gu did you go through with a "glop" every mile?  Just curious as that sounds worth trying for me too)


2008-04-19 8:11 PM
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Congratulations!

You did awesome! Great job!
2008-04-19 8:14 PM
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Royal(PITA)
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runnerg1rl7 - 2008-04-19 8:02 PM Excellent job, even without the toaster!    Sounds like you had a great plan and executed it well.  Congrats on your first half mary!!!   (How many packets of Gu did you go through with a "glop" every mile?  Just curious as that sounds worth trying for me too)
I went through about 2 packets--one fully and the other had a glop left when I finished but since I really don't like gu it met the trash can in favor of real food :0
2008-04-19 8:15 PM
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Yay, Judi!! You ran the whole thing! Thank goodness you brought your own GU if your GI tract reacts to Accel gel like mine does I am so impressed! I have never done a half mary without at least two walk breaks to drink and fuel. You ROCK!!!!!


2008-04-19 8:24 PM
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YAY Judi!!!  Great race and you know I am digging the pink!
2008-04-19 9:41 PM
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FANTASTIC!  Woooo Hoooooo!!!!!!!!!


2008-04-20 8:57 AM
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Judy, congrats on a fantastic race.  Your training really paid off.  Don't you love it when a plan comes together. Was a bit hot out but I felt great at the finish.  Sorry I missed ya at the end. Just as I can acrossed the finish, I saw them doing CPR on a female in the med tent..  Sure hope that the outcomes not what I think.
2008-04-20 12:31 PM
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AWESOME JOB!   That first half mary is always a HUGE milestone, and from all looks, it looks like you've mastered it!  GREAT JOB!

I really like the way you stuck to your plan.  It was clearly the right plan.  Your pace stayed consistent, and you had what you needed to get the job done -- especially in 80 degree (and I would guess humid) weather!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

2008-04-20 5:38 PM
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Super job!!!!!
2008-04-20 8:02 PM
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Awesome!  You did a great job, I love the GU tricky thing, I will have to try that sometime (whenver I get to running that far). 

Sounds like a name for the next team challenge, the pink zebra ladies! 

2008-04-20 8:10 PM
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Pink zebra ladies!!!

Judi, YOU ROCK. You totally kicked azz at your first half ... very well run, very well executed. You have crafted for yourself an incredible life and an incredible body-machine which does exactly what you've trained it do you.

Hats off. 



2008-04-20 9:31 PM
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Great job!  Especially considering the race has "Dismal" in it's name and that it was 80 degrees.  Congratulations!
2008-04-21 8:33 AM
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Great job!
2008-04-21 9:48 AM
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Good Job Judi!!! that is fast for your first marathon! way to have a plan and stick to it! love the pink zebra ladies! you fit right in with them! CONGRATS ON A GREAT FIRST HALF MARY!!!
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