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Richmond, Virginia
United States
Richmond Sportsbackers
48F / 9C
Overcast
Total Time = 2h 08m 58s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
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Pre-race routine:

Got up early and ate some whole grain pancakes. Stretched....Off to the race site. Traffic was fine until the exit ramp. There was a lot of traffic trying to merge from several ramps in one spot. Beth, Carrie and I all jumped out of the car and booked it to the start line while my husband found a parking spot. Carrie got into the corral for the 8K with 30 seconds to spare before the start!
Event warmup:

High tailing it from the car to the start line about 8 blocks of fast walking.
Waiting in line for the portapotty and Kristen found us. Yay! A pre race Nibbs pic!!
Hanging out in the corral waiting to stat and I am FREEZING. Stretching some. Keeping mentally loose. Had a gu about 10 minutes before the start.
Run
  • 2h 08m 58s
  • 13 miles
  • 09m 55s  min/mile
Comments:

The other night I had a goal time come into my mind of 1:58. I knew that was not realistic at all. So I kept that as the absolute "OMG" goal but realistically set a goal of keeping to 10 minute miles. Every time I passed a mile marker I'd check my HRM and cheer a bit cause I saw I was keeping my pace.

Around mile 3 I opened up a second gu that I worked on for the next 4 miles. That did me well for most of the race. I never needed to stop at the water stops since I had a belt with 4 bottles on so I was able to keep a consistent effort without slowing at the aid stations.

There was a homeless man hanging out under the bridge leading into the park. It was kind of sad, but he was cheering for everyone which I found interesting.

As I ran I would keep a mental track of the folks from my corral for passing them. There was one dude that must be military. Had the Army look with the high & tight buzz cut. Yeah, he's gotta be a ground pounder. Looks it too. We passed and re passed each other several times in the first 6 miles. I think I passed him for good after Bryant Park.

I was happy , hit the 6 mile mark at 59:59 by my HRM.

My hips would whine at times but I still felt pretty good so I just kept moving. I felt them around mile 5, then around mile 9 they started up again. I was hoping to pick it up a bit from mile 10 with a had sprint at the end but at mile 10 I took stock of the hips and decided that keeping a steady pace and not injuring myself any worse was a higher goal. I also knew at that point that there was no way the 1:58 was happenening so just give my best for the day. I reminded myself that anything under 2:17:11 was a PR.

I think I had a third gu in the last 3 or 4 miles, just enough to head home.

As I headed down towards the finish area I heard Jen shout my name. That was cool, really picked it up for that last 0.1!!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, this is the best time I have finished a half mary in. I have chronic hip flexor issues and managed to finish my highest run volume month ever with only mild irritation in them.
Post race
Warm down:

FOOD...Loved the mylar blanket! Hung with Kristen for a few minutes....first time ever I beat her in a race! Yay, me!!
Hung with Carrie, Jen and my husband while waiting for Beth to finish.
Warm clothes, dry socks....oh those felt wonderful!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Hip flexor issues since last year, something I have to watch all the time when I go for volume.

Event comments:

Sportsbackers does a good event. Richmond supports this race well. Loads of spectators with cowbell, noise makers and posters. Fair amunt of bands or mobile DJ's--though I used my ipod and had a blast singing along with that :)


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Last updated: 2008-12-30 12:00 AM
Running
02:08:58 | 13 miles | 09m 55s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Start at 7th and Broad St just over 2 miles to the first turn onto the Boulevard small hill here, nothing monstrous. Head right on Hermitage for a couple miles with an out & back then another section on Hermitage with another hill. Still no huge hills. There was a couple miles through Bryant Park that was nice. Few rollers, again nothing huge. Fauquier to Brook Rd, down Lombardy St to Grace St. Nice down hill through Grace to the finish at 9th & Cary St.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2009-11-14 11:34 AM
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Congrats JUDI!!!! An 8 minute PR, strong work out there!!  Glad the weather cleared and your hips held up!!!
2009-11-14 1:10 PM
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Fantastic job, soooo proud of you!!!  Homeless guy cheering....interesting.  Way to rock it, congrats!
2009-11-14 1:14 PM
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Great job Judi!  I know you wanted sub 2 and you will get it sooner or later!  But an over 8 minute PR over 13 miles is huge improvement!  You worked hard and it paid off!!! Awesome!!!

2009-11-14 1:21 PM
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You crushed your last years time.  Great job.  Nice job listening to your body and keeping that pace consistent.  Proud of you kid.
2009-11-14 2:05 PM
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2009-11-14 3:46 PM
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AWESOME!  Glad the hip flexors mostly behaved.  GREAT JOB!

2009-11-14 4:27 PM
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HAPPY DANCE!!  WAY TO GO!!!

Congrats on a SIGNIFICANT PNR..  AWESOME JOB!!!

Y0u worked through issues, and kept at it.  Perserverance completely paid off for you today!

 

2009-11-14 6:56 PM
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SaWeeet!!! Almost 10 minutes off of your PR????
and considering the hip issues...

Yep... you'll get that OMG time next year with no problem.

Small steps are always better than large ones, anyhow (better for the hips)  Not that taking off almost 10 minutes is exactly a small step.

NICE JOB!!!!!
2009-11-14 7:32 PM
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Congrats on your PR. Great improvement! You've got sub 2 hours in your sights!! Great job.
2009-11-15 9:21 AM
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Congratulations on a PR! You've worked really hard and it shows.  You'll get the OMG time next race!!


2009-11-15 9:40 AM
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Awesome race Judi!  It was great to meet you and the other VANibbs IRL!!

2009-11-15 9:52 AM
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Awesome job on the PR Judi You rock
2009-11-15 3:23 PM
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WOOHOO!!! You go, Judi!
Congrats. That's great to hear.
2009-11-15 4:49 PM
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Nice job Judi.....awesome PR!
2009-11-15 5:51 PM
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Congratulations on the PR!!!  Great job!


2009-11-15 7:49 PM
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Great race! CONGRATULATIONS on the PR!

2009-11-16 6:10 AM
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Congrats on the PR and sub 10 min miles... both great achievements!  Smart race too. 
2009-11-16 6:52 AM
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Way to go on the HUGE PR!  All that without completely infuriating the hips.  Great job!
2009-11-16 10:50 AM
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WHOO WHOO! Nice race and congrats on beating me - I knew you had it in you. The sub 2 is in sight...it will be yours.
2009-11-16 12:52 PM
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Congratulations Judi!  Loved reading your race report.  You have worked very, very hard for this PR and it paid off nicely.



2009-11-17 12:14 PM
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Awesome job on your PR!  That's great!  You'll get the sub 2 hour next time!  Smile
2009-11-17 9:07 PM
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Wooo hoo another PR!  You're getting faster.  I agree you'll be below 2 hours during your next half.  Well done!

2009-11-18 8:11 PM
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Wow, great race, Judi. Nice PR, and nice job with the sub-10 miles. You've had such an incredible season this year. You must feel fantastic!
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