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Shamrock Marathon - RunMarathon

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
United States
Shamrock Sportsfest
Total Time = 4h 57m 30s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Same old thing, wake up eat and get dressed
Event warmup:

Walked about a mile to the start line and hit the bathroom one more time.
  • 4h 57m 30s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 11m 21s  min/mile

Well coming into this marathon I knew I had not logged the miles I need so I knew I would not be able to get back into the 4:30s, but was hopeful for a 4:45ish. The first miles where uneventful, nice easy pace and good weather. At the start at 0800 it was 52 degrees. My wife and I stayed together for the first 7 miles or so and then she slowed down some and I continued on.
I felt pretty good coming up to the halfway point and hit the 1/2 at 2:15 about where I wanted to be.
As I got out onto Shore drive which is a boring part of the race with pretty much only other runners out there I was determined not to walk any of it. You have from M16-M19 on this lonely stretch. There is not even any thing to look at except trees. I really started slowing but did make it to mile 19 before I had to start walking. I walked till around 19.5 and from there would run some walk some probably more running BUT VERY SLOW running. When I got to mile 24 I wanted to run till mile 25 take a little walk break and then run the rest but was able to slowly run from 24 to the finish.
When I finished the temps had reached 71 degrees nearly 20 degrees warmer than it was at the start.
What would you do differently?:

TRAIN MORE, log more mileage. I also need to lose some weight.

Who knows maybe even cross train, I think I have a bike in the garage.
Post race
Warm down:

Not much of a warm down, sat and waited for Jill, she had a tough day and got sick on the course, but finished anyway.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Again did not put in the miles

Event comments:

Good race and great post race, good amount of food and BEER, you get a finisher medal, hat and shirt!

Last updated: 2009-11-30 12:00 AM
04:57:30 | 26.2 miles | 11m 21s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Course: Nice and flat only one hill that you cross twice an overpass
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2010-03-22 11:00 AM

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Williamsburg, Virginia
Subject: Shamrock Marathon

2010-03-22 1:29 PM
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Good job out there.  I agree with you on Shore Drive....that is (to me) the worst part of the race.
And the signs, although cute, were the same as last year. 

Neat you got to do it with your wife. 
Weather is getting nice, now we can both start training 
2010-03-23 8:04 PM
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Virginia Beach
Subject: RE: Shamrock Marathon
Nice marathon. I thought that part was boring on the half too.
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