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Heels and Hills and Him Half Marathon, 5K, and 1 Mile Fun Run - RunHalf Marathon


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Irving, Texas
United States
85F / 29C
Sunny
Total Time = 2h 11m 17s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 22/86
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 5:00 AM, got my stuff together and left the house. I went alone because Jonny was doing his own race in McKinney.

Got there about 6:15 AM, so I hung out in my car until 7:00 AM. Figured I would get out and use the restroom about 30 minutes before the race.

There weren't too many people coming into the parking lot, so I figured it was a small turnaround. It's not a huge race anyways.

So I go around the corner and there are all the people! Uh, yeah, there were TWO parking garages. Ha!

I get in the REALLY, REALLY, REALLY long line for the Port-o-Johns. No really, it was the longest line I have EVER seen. The race was getting close to the start time and the line was still huge. I decided I would rather start late, versus having to stop during the race. I had a goal time of 2:15 or better and nothing was going to get in that way.

I finally get to use the restroom and come out a couple of minutes after the start. The end of the line was still leaving the start line, so it worked out fine. Just meant more people for me to pass- which can be good and bad. :)


Run
  • 2h 11m 17s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 01s  min/mile
Comments:

My goal was to do a 2:15 or better on this race.

My best half marathon time to date has been 2:28. This was because I was doing a walk/run (3 minute walk/2 minute run) before.

I decided after my stress fracture in May 2009, that once I got back to walking/running, I would TRY to run and see how it turned out. This is because my friend in Minnesota (Kim) is coming to do the Cowtown Half in Feb 2010 and she said she wanted to RUN the whole thing this time. I wanted to see if I could RUN it with her.

So I have been training to run, and I knew I could make a solid effort to run this half marathon.

I did a 12 miler on a treadmill two weeks back and it was a STRUGGLE to keep a 10 minute mile. I mean, but the end of it, I was barely running anymore. It really wore me down to keep that pace, so I figured a 10:20 minute mile pace for this race would be good.

I started out fast, with a 9:30 minute mile. Kept telling myself to slow down. It's all about pacing on the longer stuff and I know this.

I kept running too fast. I made more of an effort to stick to a 10:00 mm, but also just went with what felt good.

I took my first gel at :25. Since it takes me about 10 minutes to eat a gel, I start a little earlier than :30. I took in 3 gels for the whole race and it was perfect.

I didn't drink as much water as I should have though. While it didn't hurt me I knew I was a tad dehydrated at the end. I chugged half a bottle of water. I probably took in around 20oz of water the entire race. Not good.

The course was on the Champion Trail in Las Colinas. While it was nice not having to dodge cars and what not, it was a little disappointing to ONLY run on the trail. It would have been nice to run on some city streets other than at the start/end of the race.

What was nice about the trail was the shade. It was great, because there wasn't a cloud in the sky and it was getting hot.

I did stop for the restroom once. Maybe around mile 8?

I walked a couple of aid stations, but I never walked for that long.

Around mile 10 is when I got the side cramp from h@ll. Nothing new. I get those all the time. So I worked on getting it out while I ran.

The last 2 miles I tried to stay strong. I would see people walking and it would get in my head. I would tell myself to suck it up and keep running. And I did. :)

Then I saw the finish and it was done. I was tired and in pain. But overall a great race!

I am very proud of my performance. I beat my goal of a 2:15 for this race. My PRed from my best half marathon by 17 minutes! Awesome! And I also did a hard 75 mile ride (17.4 mph average) the day before this race! I am pretty sure I can run a half marathon faster with a taper! Yeah, a 2:11 half mary with no taper? I'll take that!
Post race
Warm down:

I walked around and rested.

Event comments:

If you like doing smaller races, this is the race for you. They do a good job with the stuff that matters- nice race shirt, nice medal, lots of volunteers, professional timing system, aid stations and it's organized.

What was lacking were Port-O-Johns for the start/finish area. That line could have been fixed with more than 10 restrooms. Although there were Port-O-Johns on the course, so that was nice. They also didn't have a very distinct start/finish line. The food after wards was non-existent. We had some 100 calorie cookie packages to eat on. Uh, I passed.

So, for the stuff that really matters, they have it covered. It's a race for a good cause and I would do it again. It was nice to have 75% of the field racing be women.




Last updated: 2009-08-12 12:00 AM
Running
02:11:17 | 13.1 miles | 10m 01s  min/mile
Age Group: 22/86
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course:
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Evaluation
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] 4

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2009-09-28 2:00 PM
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Subject: RE: Heels and Hills and Him Half Marathon, 5K, and 1 Mile Fun Run
Way to knock 17mins off that PREVIOUS PR! That's awesome!

Too bad the post race festivities just weren't there, but still sounds like a great race. It may be a hunch, but I'd be willing to bet you get another PR on the next one too!
2009-09-28 4:23 PM
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Subject: RE: Heels and Hills and Him Half Marathon, 5K, and 1 Mile Fun Run
great job.. ....  

it is so cool to see you running faster than you believed you could a year or so ago

you doing the full at cowboy or just a sub 2 half mary ??
2009-09-28 5:20 PM
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AWESOME AWESOME JOB KAREN WOOHOO congratulations  

2009-09-28 10:37 PM
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Great job and PRs are wicked cool.

For the gal who couldn't run; such steady improvement...

(Sorry for pre-posting your results. I stumbled onto them and couldn't restrain myself.)
2009-09-29 7:40 AM
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Huge PB and you beat your time goal by a lot!

So happy you are making progress with your running as you worked hard on it over the years.

Great job Karen~


2009-09-30 12:04 PM
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Way to go on your PR.

2009-09-30 2:26 PM
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Congratulations on the PR!
2009-09-30 3:11 PM
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PR, and top 25% of your AG!  Very happy for you!
2009-09-30 3:30 PM
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Great race!  Congratulations on your PR.
2009-09-30 4:59 PM
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Great job!  That is a huge PR!

See, I told you that you could run.


2009-10-01 2:24 PM
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Congratulations - Awesome effort, way to hang in at the end!
2009-10-06 1:05 PM
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Man, get too busy for BT for a couple weeks and look what happens.  AWESOME JOB!  Way to demolish your previous PR.

I'm SO jealous - my canoe training left no time for the long runs demanded by half-mary training.  Hoping to do a half or (gods help me) full next season.
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