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Tobacco Road Half and Full Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Cary, NC, North Carolina
United States
FS Series
66F / 19C
Total Time = 07m
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 19/50
Pre-race routine:

5am wake up call, PBJ sandwich, 1/2 cup coffee, few sips of water in the car
Event warmup:

Stretched out, quick run from porta potty to the start line, it's so weird using a porta potty when the sun isn't up-it's pitch black in there which may be a good thing!
  • 1h 49m 50s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 23s  min/mile

Felt fantastic going into this run.Sleep quite well which was awesome, but not normal! I have been on an emotional rollercoaster the past 2 days and I know I am heading into another emotional week with my Grandmother's funeral but I used the memory of her to keep me positive. Original goal was to come in under 2 hours as my last half was 2:20 but I left the watch at home and went totally on feel.

The start was chaotic as usual but within about 2 miles it spread out nicely and I found myself with the 1:50 pace group. I actually didn't want to be around a pace group because I found the group of people to be rather annoying and I knew if I started to drift back I would start to freak out. But as much as I tried to speed up or slow down I ended up staying in that pack so I just went with it. I felt SO STRONG and consistent. I have never felt that great.

I grabbed some Chomps at mile 4 and popped one in, Cranberry Apple...eww! Threw those out and grabbed a Gu at mile 6, dropped it went back for another, Vanilla Bean aka cake icing, gross! But I took it anyways with some water. Maintained the pace with no problem.

My right leg started to tighten around mile 8 but nothing painful which was good. I worked out my form a bit and let it not get to me. Once we were off the trail we had a 5k left and I was still feeling great. I decided to pull away from the group with 2 miles left, which may have been a bit premature as I only finished 30 seconds before the group :) Nonetheless I was able to sprint to the end with jazz hands! Grandma would have LOVED that!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing! This was probably my perfect race, no stomach problems, no major pains and perfect weather...awesome.
Post race
Warm down:

Made sure to walk around and re-hydrate, got some sugar and carbs in me so I wouldn't pass out. Then got a short massage and then stretched more. Biofreezed the legs while waiting for the marathoners.

Event comments:

Lots of drink and Gu stations but I saw little to no medical aid stations, during the OBX marathon they were at every other water station, didn't effect me much but I know it effected other which needed vaseline :) Also quite a difference in crowd participation between OBX and this race, I felt like a rockstar finishing OBX but noticed many of the later marathoners came in to hardly anyone.

Last updated: 2010-03-21 12:00 AM
01:49:50 | 13.1 miles | 08m 23s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/50
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2010-03-21 6:17 PM

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Raleigh, NC
Subject: Tobacco Road Half and Full Marathon

2010-03-21 7:11 PM
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Wilmington, NC
Subject: RE: Tobacco Road Half and Full Marathon
Wow great run Jenn. It must feel great knowing you have put even more time between you and Scottie.
I guess someone has to be on the sidelines  to get a pic of your jazz hands Laughing
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