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Philadelphia 1/2 Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Philadelphia Marathon
ColdF / 0C
Total Time = 3h 16m 46s
Overall Rank = 4735/5184
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:00 am and left apartment around 4:25 am. Drove into the city and found my free parking area around 5:00 am. Drank a bottle of Infinit for morning calories, since I can't handle solid food before a race.
Event warmup:

It was cold! A billboard on the drive into the race showed a temperature of 23F degrees and there was some wind. I arrived at the race site 2 hours before race time. I sat in the after-race food tent for a little while and then they kicked us out of the tent. I seriously considered giving up on the race and driving home. I could not feel my feet when the race started.
  • 3h 16m 46s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 15m 01s  min/mile

Since I was so cold and didn't really want to do the race due to the cold, I rationalized with myself that I was just going to have fun. I didn't start my watch or look at any of the timing clocks along the race. I ran until mile 8ish, and then walked 34th St between Chestnut and Powelton. (I saw my old apartment!!) After that, I ran any flat or downhill section and walked a couple of hills. I also walked all of the aid stations as the water/gatorade that was on the ground froze over causing lots of ice. My right calf and right ankle started to bother me around mile 10, but I am used to pain in my ankle, so I fought through it.
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed medal, mylar blanket, food, gear bag and hurried back to the car to turn on the heat. Once home, I took a hot shower, turned up the heat (from 67 degrees to 72 degrees), and hundled under a blanket. It took me all day to warm up.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The cold weather!

Last updated: 2008-10-02 12:00 AM
03:16:46 | 13.1 miles | 15m 01s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/5184
Performance: Average
Course: Fairly flat with a couple of hills.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2008-11-24 7:01 AM

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Hatboro, PA
Subject: Philadelphia 1/2 Marathon

2008-11-24 2:46 PM
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Science Nerd
Redwood City, California
Subject: RE: Philadelphia 1/2 Marathon
Great job!  That sounds like one cold race.  I probably would have chickened out and gone home if I couldn't feel my feet at the start.
2008-11-24 9:06 PM
in reply to: #1823126

Subject: RE: Philadelphia 1/2 Marathon
Great job Philly Barb. I was volunteering on the full marathon course so I didn't see you I was very popular because I was handing out Coke. It was so darn cold on Sunday. Good for you.
You did great.

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