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Shamrock Sportsfest Marathon - RunMarathon

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
United States
Shamrock Sportsfest
29F / -2C
Total Time = 3h 13m 43s
Overall Rank = 113/1573
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 22/277
Pre-race routine:

Pre-race dinner was all-you-can-eat spaghetti marinara at Doughboy's California Pizza Saturday night. Got in the bed around 9. Woke up around 3ish, but able to go back to sleep. Up at 4:45ish, had a peanut-butter-banana-and-honey sandwich and a vanilla shake Ensure. Good breakfast! Then sipped on a bottle of GU2O until departing for the race at 7:20.
Event warmup:

Jogged up to where the race route enters the boardwalk, then ran back down to King Neptune statue, then walked over to the race start. Only a few blocks to walk, nice morning. Took a Mint Chocolate Gu 15 minutes before race start.
  • 3h 13m 43s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 07m 23s  min/mile

Clock Time 3:13:52
Chip Time 3:13:43
Overall Place 124 / 2584
Gender Place 116 / 1593
Division Place 22 / 280
Age Grade 64.5%
7 Mile 50:05
Half Split 1:33:49

More coming on this, but I had a terrible side stitch the last 3 miles. Also was having some swelling in my feet and arms, more than normal. I took water at every water stop except one (the last one). My calves were on the verge of cramping the last 3-4 miles, so I backed the pace off. I did try to kick it when I hit 26, and did make up some ground, made a charge on a few guys, but they had more gas left than I did, and they covered the gap.

Very weird, but I don't know if I even started sweating until about the last 3 miles, or so it seemed. No salt to speak of on my face or clothing, unusually little.
What would you do differently?:

Well, I wanted to run my own race. I started with the 3:10 pace group, but, they went out in 7:08 mile 1, panicked, and dropped the pace way back. I was already in that groove, so I went off the front of that pack from mile 2 on. They recaught me in Fort Story, I stayed with for a mile or so, then let them go, as they were negative splitting, and alas I was not.
Post race
Warm down:

Stumbled around a bit, regrouped. Got a Yuengling and some Irish Stew (YUM, YUM, THAT WAS GOOD STEW!), took a few photos, then went to freshen up, check out, and go find the Dairy Queen. We then hit the road (my lovely, loving wife, offered to drive us home-AWESOME!!). Stopped on the way home at K&S Cafeteria, got some good veggies and a salad, and a SWEET TEA (they don't know what that is in VA)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not sure yet. Hydration might've played a role, but I felt like I was taking a ton in.

Event comments:

A PR by 13 minutes, and a Boston-qualifying time. I'd say it was a good race :)

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Last updated: 2009-01-07 12:00 AM
03:13:43 | 26.2 miles | 07m 23s  min/mile
Age Group: 22/277
Overall: 113/1573
Performance: Good
1 7:07 2 7:11 3&4 14:04 for 2 (missed the marker) 5 7:28 (had to stop for a potty break) 6 7:21 (the first turnaround) 7 7:01 8&9 14:05 for 2 (missed the marker) 10 7:17 (up over Rudee Bridge) 11 7:09 12 7:08 13 7:15 14 7:14 15 7:14 16 7:09 17 7:07 18 7:11 19 7:30 (headwind) 20 7:31 21 7:23 22 7:53 (trying to get some idiot that decided he wanted to run beside me and match pace to get away; I wanted to run solo here) 23 7:52 24 8:12 25 8:22 26 8:16 .2 1:45
Course: Just about as flat as it can be. Just brief climb up over a bridge during mile 3, then again about mile 12 or so. Some slight grades up around Fort Story, and some off-cambered running that worked on the calves a bit.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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] 5

2009-03-22 7:08 PM

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Apex, NC
Subject: Shamrock Sportsfest Marathon

2009-03-22 7:14 PM
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Cycling Guru
Fulton, MD
Subject: RE: Shamrock Sportsfest Marathon

Awesome work!!  I knew by your logs that you had it in you for the BQ!!

Congrats, rest up as it is well earned and way to du the Gu proud!!

2009-03-22 7:22 PM
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Subject: RE: Shamrock Sportsfest Marathon

Really happy for you- you've worked really hard to get this! Congrats.

You wanna go for a run in the morning? I MIGHT be able to keep up with you if we meet for a run within the next 24 hours. After that, you're on your own again speedy.

2009-03-23 8:05 AM
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Cary, NC
Subject: RE: Shamrock Sportsfest Marathon

That was an amazing effort for your race.  I tried to catch a glimpse of you when there was two way traffic, but you fast guys are all just a blur.

Congrats on BQ'ing.  It is nice for you to do it without having to race too many times.  Takes the pressure off.

2009-03-24 8:37 AM
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Apex, north carolina
Subject: RE: Shamrock Sportsfest Marathon

Great job!  I heard the traffic was murder coming out of there.  So are you off to Boston?

2009-03-24 8:41 AM
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Charlottesville, Virginia
Subject: RE: Shamrock Sportsfest Marathon

Awesome race, very nice wife for driving, congrats on the BQ.

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