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Chesapeake, Virginia
United States
54F / 12C
Total Time = 2h 00m 54s
Overall Rank = 367/914
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 48/81
Pre-race routine:

Got up ate breakfeast and drove down the the race, left early as I normally do just to make sure I got to the race with plenty of time.
Event warmup:

walked, bathroom and talked with a few friends
  • 2h 00m 54s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 14s  min/mile

Was not sure how I was going to do on this race. I figured around 2ish and would just adjust on the fly as the miles peeled off. I started out just ahead of the 2 hour pace group. The first couple of miles felt good and I figured I would just try to the hold the good pace I was at. Hit mile 3 at 25:44 and mile 6 at 52:10. I knew when I hit mile 6 that fast I may have gone out just a little to fast, but also thought hey if I can run the second half in 55 I would be thrilled with my time.
Now just to back up a minute, around mile 5ish I grabbed a cup of water and crushed the cup to throw it. I saw a guy with a trash bag and went for the 2 point shot but it was blocked. I accidently hit a young girl running right in the forehead. I aplogized and she laughed and said no big deal.
The second half of this race was ok, I still felt pretty good but was aware that my pace had slowed just a little. Around mile 11.5 the 2 hour pace group caught me and I hung with them into mile 12 and fell back just a little. As I came up to the finish I pushed it hard to finish at 2 and was happy with my time.
One thing about this race was they gace us "green" race number that you can plant and have spring flowers, however they do not hold up well at all. Before mile 5 mine had ripped free from the safety pins, I punched new holes and re-pinned about 5 times. But the the sweat just made the race number just tear so easy. I ended up just folding it up and sticking it in my waist band and held it up as I crossed the finish line. I saw several other runners holding the race numbers as they ran as well.
The race being out and back gives you a chance to see how fast some folks run I was at mile 4.5 when the leaders where headed home. The top 5 where:
Worku Beyi 1:02:54
Daniel Kipkoech 1:03:00
Patrick Cheruiyot 1:03:14
Peter Matelong 1:04:00
Demesse Tefera 1:04:16

Not the average American names......
What would you do differently?:

Pace better.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:


Last updated: 2009-02-18 12:00 AM
02:00:54 | 13.1 miles | 09m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/81
Overall: 0/914
Performance: Good
Course: FLAT
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2009-04-21 10:28 AM

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Williamsburg, Virginia
Subject: Dismal Swamp Stomp Half Marathon

2009-04-21 10:44 AM
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San Diego, CA
Subject: RE: Dismal Swamp Stomp Half Marathon
In theory the "green" race number is a fantastic idea, but biodegradable and sweat don't usually mix well. Nice race!! Well done. Way to hit 2 hours.
2009-04-21 11:10 AM
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Haha! I'm surprised your number wasn't sprouting by the end of the race! Haha!!!  I would never want to plant my number, though....I like to keep them!  But still a cool idea.  And Niiiiiiiice hitting the chick in the head with the cup. I wish I could have seen that! I would have peed my pants!  BUT 2+change is an awesome time. AND for once you were not sick or on your death bed, so YAY!  It all adds up to a great race day!

2009-04-21 11:14 AM
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West Chester, Ohio
Subject: RE: Dismal Swamp Stomp Half Marathon

Fantastic pace!

  I did that one last year, it's a nice local race isn't it?

2009-04-23 7:58 AM
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You always write great reports, very discriptive   Nice pace ...and all that, but my favorite part was you beaning the poor girl in the head LOL!!!

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