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Dismal Swamp Stomp Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon


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Chesapeake, Virginia
United States
Chesapeake Conventions & Tourism
57F / 14C
Sunny
Total Time = 2h 00m 43s
Overall Rank = 433/1123
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 50/90
Pre-race routine:

Got up, had my coffee and a bagel and left the house to get to the race about an hour drive.
Event warmup:

My warm-up was talking and hitting the bathroom one last time, nothing like a port-a-john to get you ready to race.
Run
  • 2h 00m 43s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 13s  min/mile
Comments:

I did not feel great with my running leading up to this race, so I was shooting for around a 2:10 or so. At the start I made my mind up to pace my self with the 2 hour pacers and stay with them for at least 5-6 miles and then see where I am. The first few miles went as planned just plugging along. Around mile 5 I got slightly ahead of the pacers and when I say slightly I could hear them talking. I was still feeeling good and just kept the pace I was at and my new plan was to not let them pass me. Around this same time the leaders where flying by (it was an out and back course) and WOW, those men from Kenya can run. Things remained un-changed till around 9/10. The 2 hour grouped passed me and I tried to stay with them but was having a hard time. I knew I could beat my goal time and thought for a while maybe a PR, but once the group passed me it was just hang on. I held in there and encouraged folks I passed who where stopping to walk. I was able to still finish close enough to the 2 hour group to finish in 2 hours just a few seconds over.
What would you do differently?:

Push a little more on the last 2 miles. I would like to PR again someday.
Post race
Warm down:

Got some water and went back to watch some friends finish.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My gut??

Event comments:

Good race, nice shirt and a very nice course. Not a lot of crowd support since it is an old closed road. The only downside is there was not much food at the end, some very small bananas and a small part of a sub. I stopped at Popeyes on the way home.




Last updated: 2008-03-04 12:00 AM
Running
02:00:43 | 13.1 miles | 09m 13s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/90
Overall: 0/1123
Performance: Good
Course: Flat.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Evaluation
Course challenge
Organized?
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

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2008-04-21 8:29 AM

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2008-04-21 9:20 AM
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WOOT! Look at you go!!!  Nicely done!!  And Popeyes? Really?
2008-04-21 11:45 AM
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You had a great race.  You will def PR again!! Congrats on beating your goal.  Must have bee a great day for that  Thanks for being there for support!
2008-04-21 2:24 PM
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Nice job!  I'm always inpressed with your running.  Maybe one day I'll be as fast?  Ya right  It was great to hang out.
2008-04-21 3:42 PM
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Congrats on the great race!  It was nice hanging out with you pre and post race.
2008-04-22 9:01 AM
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Nice job! 


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