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Dallas, Texas
United States
50F / 10C
Overcast
Total Time = 2h 07m 7s
Overall Rank = 3306/8355
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 236/855
Pre-race routine:

Got up, got dressed. Made my usual vegetarian breakfast sandwich. Grabbed a diet DP and headed out the door with Jonny.

Met Tim and Sabrina at parking garage they had access to (free and close parking!). Headed over to wait for the start.

I decided to wear my UA cold weather gear top, a visor, and tri shorts. For me this was pretty much naked considering it was 50 degrees with no sun! I took off my running tights and opted out of wearing a hat and gloves.
Run
  • 2h 07m 7s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 42s  min/mile
Comments:

Wanted to start out slow and speed up as the miles went on. Didn't really work out that way.

I took it easy up the hills and made up some time on the downhills. It's not a hilly course, but it does have a few inclines on it.

Took gels at :30, 1:00, 1:30.

I wanted to try to shoot for 2:06. 2:11 is my best half marathon time. I really wanted to try to run a 9:30 minute mile (mm) or faster.

The miles flew by and I focused on my time and distance. I had a goal in mind- 2:11 or better. Although I knew early on my 2:06 goal wasn't going to happen. I had some heaviness in my legs after mile 6 and I was struggling to keep it below a 10:00 mm.

The crowds are great on the course! Spectators everywhere! They line the entire course. It's awesome!

Having all the runners around you is fun too. Yes, it can annoying, but since they started us in corrals based on our projected finish times, I was around people generally running the same speed.

It's really cool running down streets I ride my bike or drive my car on... and seeing all 3 lanes filled with runners. Just a sea of runners. Really cool. I think if I did the marathon someday, the crowds alone would help carry me to a strong finish.

I kept a steady pace (see mile splits below) up until mile 9. Then I stopped to use the restroom. I found a port-o-john w/tp and no wait. I was dying so I went for it. That killed my per minute mile for that one.

This year the half mary had a diff finish from the full mary. Our finish was on the Katy Trail and all downhill. I knew I could finish strong because at the US Open I remembered how it was all downhill the last 3 miles of running.

So I sprinted my butt off the last couple of miles- as I had planned. When I saw someone walking, I would yell out, "Finish strong! Last 2 miles! All downhill! Let's go!"

My Garmin was off the whole race and was registering miles before the mile markers so I wasn't 100% sure when I would cross the finish line distance wise. Then all of a sudden I saw the finish line and sprinted as hard as I could. I'm pretty sure this is why Sabrina missed seeing me finish. Since I was in a crowd and focused on finishing fast.

When I stopped, I could hardly catch my breath. I was breathing really hard and almost couldn't catch my breath. I was walking with a stagger and everything started to hurt immediately.

I then got my finisher's medal, finisher's shirt and wandered over to our meeting spot.

Jonny showed up shortly thereafter. He had a great race and PRed his half mary big time! Great job sweetie!

We found Tim and Sabrina (and their friend Stephen) and we all headed out to eat lunch. :)

Now, I'm just really, really sore. I'm shocked how sore I am.

Splits:
I am pretty impressed with my ability to keep a solid pace.
1- 9:40 mm
2- 9:39 mm
3- 9:33 mm
4- 9:49 mm
5- 9:41 mm
6- 9:39 mm
7- 9:33 mm
8- 9:41 mm
9- 9:22 mm
10- 9:46 mm
11- 11:02 mm
12- 8:33 mm
13- 8:49 mm
0.25 - 8:13 mm
What would you do differently?:

I guess I shouldn't have missed my last long run two weeks out from the race. I suspect I wouldn't be as sore had I done it.

Otherwise I had a solid race and did the best I could.

I wish there was a way to make my body NOT want to use the restroom when I run. That would be nice. Had I not stopped I would of made my goal of 2:06.
Post race
Event comments:

Overall this is a good race. If you want a HUGE race with lots of runners and spectators, this is it! It's also a relatively easy course (no too many hills!).

If you want food and water after the race- this is NOT your race. ;) All they had were cold, dry white bread bagels, bananas, oranges and some kind of mini food bar. Water was hard to find and when I finally got to it (after waiting in a LONG line) it was a sad little Dixie cup filled only 1/2 way. Same for the Gatorade. I can't imagine running a marathon and that being the beverage offering.

The course overall was good. I haven't run it previous years though. But I have no complaints about the course I ran this year.

After race activities were fine. A band, some beer, and the really long lines for food and sprinkle of water.

While I know keeping crowd control for that many runners and spectators must be very hard, they made it really inconvenient for the spectators to watch and find their runners. It took Tim and Sabrina a lot of extra walking to get around from point A to point B. They even commented how someone who is less than fit would have issues.

I enjoyed the race and will probably be back in 2011.




Last updated: 2009-10-09 12:00 AM
Running
02:07:07 | 13.1 miles | 09m 42s  min/mile
Age Group: 236/855
Overall: 3306/8355
Performance: Good
Course:
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
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: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2009-12-13 10:49 PM

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2009-12-14 7:32 AM
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Great job on your race and staying consistent with your splits. Meeting goals is cool stuff.

The pee break cost you; but you gotta take care of business, as they say.

Another PR to bust in Feb with the Cowtown race.
2009-12-14 8:58 AM
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great job out there Karen
2009-12-14 10:45 AM
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Awesome job on you're race and PR!
2009-12-14 11:32 AM
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Great job Karen! I totally agree on the food and water deal! I was pretty disappointed not to have water after running 26.2 miles!

2009-12-14 12:15 PM
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Great job, fast girl. Those last two miles of yours look really, really good! You're going to PR Cowtown, no question. I'll be excited to see you do that!


2009-12-14 12:37 PM
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Aimeep - 2009-12-14 12:15 PM

Great job, fast girl. Those last two miles of yours look really, really good! You're going to PR Cowtown, no question. I'll be excited to see you do that!


Well Cowtown is a fun run for me. It's more about my friend finishing running the entire way and making a PR for her!

Thanks for all the kind words over the year Aimee and the encouragement and support!

2009-12-14 1:15 PM
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Very nice splits! Talk about consistent too!

Way to hit that 2:11 goal too. That's just as awesome. Keep at it!
2009-12-14 1:59 PM
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Great day.  Sorry I did not see you out there.  I love this course.  Can't wait to do it for the 4th time next year!

2009-12-14 2:16 PM
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awesome job Karen congrats

2009-12-14 9:42 PM
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Great race!  I love spectator races, may need to come run this one with you next time


2009-12-15 9:16 AM
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Nice job, girl! My Garmin registered each mile way before the mile markers, as did everyone else's around me. Mine ended up with a total distance of 13.28 miles.

Enjoy this week before starting up your Cowtown training - I'm in the same boat! I might actually see you there since that race is considerably smaller.

Great job again! Woot!

2009-12-18 9:28 PM
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Yeehaw! Great run out there!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE how you are becoming a faster and faster runner!! Way to do the work to make it happen!
2009-12-20 9:19 PM
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Congrats on great race and a nice PB!
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