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Virginia Beach, Virginia
United States
Shamrock Sportsfest
40F / 4C
Total Time = 2h 50m 37s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

I ate less than I normally do before a race-just too sleepy to chew. I had an english muffin with pnut butter-skipped my usual banana. I also took motrin in advance of the pain for this race-seemed to work out well. And since Doug was doing Dad duty instead of running, I was on my own for coffee and figuring out parking. Grabbed some coffee at Dunkin Doughnuts and drank water on the way to the race.
Event warmup:

It was pretty cold pre-race-32 degrees. So I found great parking near the finish and loaded up my ipod, shot bloks, throw away shirt. I had on shorts, so I had to keep moving. Visited the porta potty and then walked up and down the ramp of a parking lot right by my corral until the race started. I felt good-no wind and my perfect running temp.
  • 2h 50m 37s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 13m 01s  min/mile

I was the least trained for this race than any other. Between work and kids, I've had a hard time getting in my hard workouts at night. I was worried headed into it that, for the first time, I thought I might end up walking it, or not finish altogether.

But I had a few things in my favor....I knew it was my favorite race that I have raced up until this point (I did it two years ago) and I knew the time of day and the temperature were both ideal for my run.

Typically I run 10min/walk 1 min-or some derivation of that, depending upon the heat and how I'm feeling. I felt great with the first strides...I knew it was going to be a good day. I told myself that I couldn't walk unless I was drinking, going to the porta-potty, or changing clothes. I didn't visit the porta-potty once-which is a record in itself....and I stuck to my plan. Only walking through water stops and to take off my throw away shirt. My first walk without a cause wasn't until mile 9-which is just huge for me.

I was mentally tough-and I attribute that to some very tough training runs lately and being sick of making no training progress for the last 2 years. And being that I felt so good-I had no reason to not go for it. I was determined to PR. A few times I thought I would G8R, but I kept it down and kept movin. ;)

And I know that a lot of my speedy friends can't understand how someone would be so excited about running 12-13 minute miles-but this was a really big deal to me personally. I ran it differently than any other race I've run and I surprised myself and am quite pleased. :)

Another great thing about this race is that Doug schlepped all four kids to the (very early) race and I got to see them in a few different spots. He had them all make signs for me and it was really a boost to see them out there. All so cute in their green hats standing there with my handsome man. I heart them. :)
What would you do differently?:

I missed racing with Doug. This my my fifth half, my only one not racing with him. I missed not having him to look for on the course...nice to see him with the kids, but not the same as if we were racing together. I hope we get to race together soooon.

Besides that....train more, weigh less. Besides that, not a freakin thing. It was an ideal race. Unexpected and tough and wonderful.

Post race
Warm down:

I got my medal and my blankie and walked around lookin for my family. You'd think an Ironman surrounded by four loud Ironkids would be easy to spot. I was a little down after 35 minutes and not being able to find I went to my car, called them and we all met up. I skipped the beer tent in order to get home and get warm...once I stopped running I was freezing. I told myself I could have my post-race beverage at the hot tub.

So, after an hour and a half and a few beverages in the hot tub, I took a nap. All was great in my world. While I was recovering, Doug went out and knocked out 15+ miles on the trail and then came home and rode his trainer for a butt-numbing hour and 10 minutes. Stud.

Great day!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Butt, lack of training mentality.

Event comments:

This is my favorite race and I want to do it every year...I'll skip the RnR 1/2 over Labor Day-that is a heat death march of Hell. I'll take cold and frosty any day. Whoohhooo!

Last updated: 2009-01-19 12:00 AM
02:50:37 | 13.1 miles | 13m 01s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Flat ans smooth.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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 7:27 PM

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2009-03-23 8:06 AM
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Chesapeake, VA
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Great PR baby!  You rock!
2009-03-23 8:26 AM
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Virginia Beach, VA
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Congrats on a great race and a PR!!! You rock!
2009-03-23 9:14 AM
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Cary, NC
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You rock!

Both as a racer and a hostess.  That is one thing I miss when I race alone, is my kids cheering for me.  Your kids are great.  You and Doug are very fortunate to have each other and the kids.

2009-03-23 9:16 AM
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Woodbridge , Virginia
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great race... congrats on a successful finish..
2009-03-23 12:49 PM
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Richmond, VA
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Awesome job!  Glad you PRed.


we have something in common - I also like running with Doug. 

2009-03-23 3:00 PM
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Science Nerd
Redwood City, California
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Congratulations on the PR!!!

I totally agree about Shamrock over RnR.  I LOVE Shamrock, even if it is cold.  

2009-03-24 10:16 AM
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Extreme Veteran
Williamsburg, Virginia
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You did great and congrats. It was a nice day for the race.
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