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Houston, Texas
United States
Houston Marathon Committee
65F / 18C
Total Time = 2h 55m 12s
Overall Rank = 4882/6327
Age Group = F45-49
Age Group Rank = 413/582
Pre-race routine:

Woke up earlier than the alarm, 3:40 am. Made coffee, fixed two peanut and jelly sandwiches. I ate one sandwich with a large glass of water and waited on the coffee. Bathroom routine, dressed and out the door to pick up running partner by 5 am. We arrived around 5:30 or so, parked and walked into the GRB with many others arriving for the race. Pit stop at the port-a-lets then made our way inside the runners area to get ready and check our bags.
Event warmup:

Not much here. Lots of walking around and drinking a few cups more of water. One more pit stop then we headed out to the corrals at 6:30. T was actually in the green corral but stayed with me in the black corral. Crowded but fun. We jumped around and tried to keep moving waiting for the start.
  • 2h 55m 21s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 13m 23s  min/mile

The start is always very congested and it takes the first couple of miles to get out of it. It seemed really crowded through 4 miles so it there was a lot of dodging to get to some free space. We were pacing well at 12 min/mile and felt good here. We stopped at the portalets at the 4 mile marker then felt we were good to go from there. Still more dodging but ok. We ran near a blind runner and his guide for a bit. It was intersting to watch them make their way through the other runners. Since many runners had on headphones, they didn't hear them often when she shouted out their intentions. They did well, though, considering.

We had decided before the race to walk the aid stations so that's what we did. We split it between gatorade and water and added jelly beans along the way. We felt great at this point. Somewhere between mile 7-8, my left knee started to complain. Nothing bad, just noticeable and was familiar to me since I had been feeling this throughout the training. By mile 9, it was starting to cause me to drop off our pace. I stopped to try to stretch the IT band, but I nearly fell down with the pain that inflicted and just moved on after that. Med tents had ice but no IB so we just kept plodding along. If we walked for a bit, I could then run for a bit so that's what we did through mile 10-11. I started singing at this point "my leg hurts, oh my leg hurts" and laughing to try to get through it. This helped my head but not the pain in my leg, at least for a bit. by 11.5 miles, I was defeated, head could not overcome the leg. My right achilles was also adding it's complaints to the mix and I could not compensate. We walked the last 1.5 miles to the finish line. When it was bad, I just screamed into my hand towel and kept my head down and kept moving. To stop was not an option so we just kept going. I would have cried but then my breathing would have been choppy and I didn't need anything else to worry about. I must have been a sight. T noticed one person on the side state that I looked like I was in misery, I was!

I nearly cried when I saw the finish line. I headed straight to the medical area and got two bags of ice. They would not dispense anything so I was out of luck for NSAID's. We collected our stuff, then met up with our other friend and found a spot to sit while I iced my aching legs. Some relief here but not much. We still had about 5 blocks to walk to the car. Misery but I finally found if I turned my foot outward and drug it along, it didn't hurt so bad. Not a pretty stride but it offered some relief.

We headed for IHOP and my girlfriend had Advil in her car, thank god!
What would you do differently?:

Train more.
Post race
Warm down:

Stretched and iced all the painful parts.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

This is a huge event with tons of support. The city comes out all along the route so it's a very encouraging race to do. I will do it again next year.

Last updated: 2008-11-18 12:00 AM
02:55:21 | 13.1 miles | 13m 23s  min/mile
Age Group: 413/582
Overall: 4882/6327
Performance: Bad
6.2 miles-1:14.38, 12:01 pace 8.8 miles-1:49.41, 12:28 pace 13.1-2:55.21, 13:23 pace
Course: mostly flat with low rise hills
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2009-01-19 8:21 AM

Subject: Houston Half Marathon

2009-01-19 9:49 AM
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Lacey, Washington
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Way to start of the year Janette!! I hope you recovery well! Well done!
2009-01-19 10:56 AM
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Way to push through the pain and finish the race! Recover strong so you're ready for next year!
2009-01-19 1:18 PM
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Liverpool, New York
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Congrats on finishing the race!  Way to tough it out and get it done!


2009-01-19 6:52 PM
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Gulf Shores, AL
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Great job, congrats
2009-01-19 7:13 PM
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YIKES!  Congrats on your finish... but I hope you're okay!

 I remember the first time I did that race & had to walk about the same  distance to the car - was alone & stopped to lean on things, to hold on to a fence, whatever, just to drag myself there... hope you're doing better and heal fully!

2009-01-21 5:08 PM
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Williamston, Michigan
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most bimportant to not gt injured....hope you had at least alittke fun
2009-01-22 7:23 AM
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Waller County, TX
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Way to go! You finished!

There'll be more races and more finishes in the future.

Stay healthy!
2009-01-22 2:04 PM
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Cycling Guru
Fulton, MD
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Tough one!  But you pushed through (hopefully not to the point of long term injury).

I totally got the picture of someone from a zombie flick when you said you turned your foot in and dragged it along!

Rest and recover.  Take care of those tendons!

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