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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
65F / 18C
Overcast
Total Time = 3h 00m
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Pre-race routine:

Had a bagel with cream cheese, a cup of coffee, and a glass of cranberry juice. It sure was nice to have them all prepared and ready for me, what a treat! :)

D rode with me to the race and helped me find a parking spot - thank goodness! it was very confusing to get to and I'd have been a nervous wreck!
Event warmup:

walked a few blocks to the starting point - stood around and waited for the race to begin
Run
  • 3h 00m
  • 13.1 miles
  • 13m 44s  min/mile
Comments:

the race started late, there were too many people standing in line for the porta potties - nice of them to want everyone to be comfortable, but it seemed the lines would never end

it was a free for all start, no corrals, since it was a fairly small race

several people did dress up, which was kind of fun, there was everything from a flamingo to minnie mouse and daisy duck. there was even a guy that juggled the entire way

yep, you got that right, he juggled the entire way - it was pretty impressive, he rarely missed - i guess that's one way to make running 13 miles interesting ;)

so, now for my run - i started out feeling great. the weather was perfect and i felt really good

at the 1/2 way point i was on track to do a 2:30 race, which i would have been absolutely thrilled with!!

at mile 7 i began to experience cramping in my calves and feet - foot!!! not again! the same thing happened to me in Richmond in October

long story short, i battled cramps the rest of the race - the worst was at mile 12 when my right calf cramped and contracted so hard, i couldn't put my heel on the ground

i worked my foot flat to the ground and sat down and removed my shoe and tried to work the cramp out, biting my lip to hold the tears back

a very nice woman stopped and helped me stretch and she found the cramp and massaged it and was able to release it - while she was doing this, another woman ran by and said 'you need to have someone pick you up'

i looked at her and said, 'i don't want to quit' - the woman who stopped to help me looked me dead in the eye and said - 'it's only a mile - take it slow, you can do it'

she walked with me for a little bit, i thanked her for her help and sent her on her way

i walked slowly but surely toward the finish line - wouldn't you know it the final stretch was straight uphill

i finished the final portion of the race with another runner that had experienced some problems, we commiserated a bit, but mostly laughed about the fact that things don't always go as expected or desired

we reached the final stretch to the finish line - 400 meters to go and we ran - at least i crossed the finish line while running

i could look at this race as a failure, but i choose not to - i finished, and i stayed strong - and i didn't quit - that makes it a success!
What would you do differently?:

i may have started out at too fast of a pace given my recent training

mix in running on a harder surface as a part of training
Post race
Warm down:

walked around a bit - went to the food tent and had some fruit and water

What limited your ability to perform faster:

i'm fairly certain that the cramps were a result of the surface i was running on - i haven't been training on pavement at all, i've only trained on the towpath, which is a nice soft surface



Event comments:

this was the first year for this race, and i think they did a great job for the first time -

it was a nice event

some kinks to work out for sure, but a good first effort




Last updated: 2010-02-15 12:00 AM
Running
03:00:00 | 13.1 miles | 13m 44s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Course: mostly flat, a few hills here and there - ended on an uphill note :/
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

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2010-05-29 1:13 PM

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TinkerBeth
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Subject: ODDyssey Half Marathon


2010-05-29 2:50 PM
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Subject: RE: ODDyssey Half Marathon
Things that are amazing to me:
1) No where in your RR did you say, "I hate running." (Think back 2 1/2 years.)
2) You ENTERED a half marathon!
3) You FINISHED a half marathon!
4) You finished a HALF MARATHON!
5) This isn't even your *first* half marathon.

Forget the little "issues" along the way. YOU JUST RAN A HALF MARATHON!!!!!!!!!

I am impressed.

And, in case you *aren't* impressed with yourself, let me remind you of a previous race you had 3 years ago, where I think the run was a 5K. Here's what you wrote in that RR:
"I took the run portion very easy, I alternated running and walking every 2
minutes, this allowed me to pace myself and finish the race and still be
standing. "
http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/discussion/forums/thread-view.asp...


2010-05-29 3:32 PM
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TinkerBeth
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Subject: RE: ODDyssey Half Marathon
D001 - 2010-05-29 3:50 PM Things that are amazing to me: 1) No where in your RR did you say, "I hate running." (Think back 2 1/2 years.) 2) You ENTERED a half marathon! 3) You FINISHED a half marathon! 4) You finished a HALF MARATHON! 5) This isn't even your *first* half marathon. Forget the little "issues" along the way. YOU JUST RAN A HALF MARATHON!!!!!!!!! I am impressed. And, in case you *aren't* impressed with yourself, let me remind you of a previous race you had 3 years ago, where I think the run was a 5K. Here's what you wrote in that RR:
"I took the run portion very easy, I alternated running and walking every 2 minutes, this allowed me to pace myself and finish the race and still be standing. " http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/discussion/forums/thread-view.asp...


thanks Dee! 

wow - talk about some great added perspective!

2010-05-29 3:59 PM
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Subject: RE: ODDyssey Half Marathon
Great job finishing strong!

We have to figure out the whole foot cramp iossue for you so your future races don't have to contend with that.
2010-05-29 4:16 PM
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TinkerBeth
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Subject: RE: ODDyssey Half Marathon
QueenZipp - 2010-05-29 4:59 PM Great job finishing strong!

We have to figure out the whole foot cramp iossue for you so your future races don't have to contend with that.


thanks Judi!

you're right, if i don't figure out the foot cramping - i'll never do a marathon (did i just say that? :/

2010-05-29 4:55 PM
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tinkerbeth - 2010-05-29 5:16 PM

QueenZipp - 2010-05-29 4:59 PM Great job finishing strong!

We have to figure out the whole foot cramp iossue for you so your future races don't have to contend with that.


thanks Judi!

you're right, if i don't figure out the foot cramping - i'll never do a marathon (did i just say that? :/



When do you start training for an Ultra?

Or, you could try this. There's just one hill in it.




2010-05-29 4:59 PM
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D001 - 2010-05-29 5:55 PM
tinkerbeth - 2010-05-29 5:16 PM
QueenZipp - 2010-05-29 4:59 PM Great job finishing strong!

We have to figure out the whole foot cramp iossue for you so your future races don't have to contend with that.


thanks Judi!

you're right, if i don't figure out the foot cramping - i'll never do a marathon (did i just say that? :/

When do you start training for an Ultra? Or, you could try this. There's just one hill in it.



LMAO!!!!!

too funny - ummmmm - i don't think so
2010-05-30 7:52 AM
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Subject: RE: ODDyssey Half Marathon
*\0/*  Yay Beth!!  Finishing your half after having to sit and massage cramps takes alot of strength and courage!!  Be proud of how far you have brought your running.  WTG sole sistah!
2010-05-30 2:03 PM
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TinkerBeth
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Subject: RE: ODDyssey Half Marathon
KOM - 2010-05-30 8:52 AM *\0/*  Yay Beth!!  Finishing your half after having to sit and massage cramps takes alot of strength and courage!!  Be proud of how far you have brought your running.  WTG sole sistah!


thanks Kathy!

it was quite the challenge and i am proud i finished it out

2010-05-30 7:31 PM
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Way to go sweet Beth!!
Takes a ton of fortitude to push past the pain like that and get it done!!

Huge accomplishment.    

 



Edited by aquagirl 2010-05-30 7:32 PM
2010-05-30 8:26 PM
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Way to go sweet Beth!!
Takes a ton of fortitude to push past the pain like that and get it done!!

Huge accomplishment.    

 



thanks sweet Helen!!!!!

mwah!



2010-05-30 9:58 PM
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Subject: RE: ODDyssey Half Marathon
Way to tough it out Beth! I would be happy just to make it to a start line Smile
2010-05-30 10:14 PM
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TinkerBeth
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gerald12 - 2010-05-30 10:58 PM Way to tough it out Beth! I would be happy just to make it to a start line Smile


thanks Gerald!  the start line will find it's way to you - i'm sure of it!

2010-05-31 9:35 AM
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Subject: RE: ODDyssey Half Marathon
Sounds like a tough one, Beth.  Way to keep fighting and cross that finish line!
2010-05-31 3:55 PM
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disturbed275 - 2010-05-31 10:35 AM Sounds like a tough one, Beth.  Way to keep fighting and cross that finish line!


thanks Neal!  it was tough - but i was tougher

2010-06-01 12:44 PM
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You are amazing. Of course it wasn't a failure. You finished. and that lady that helped you. What a great lady!

mwah!


2010-06-01 4:16 PM
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What a great display of perseverance and determination.  Congrats Beth!
2010-06-01 8:33 PM
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Beth

I am so proud of you!  Being in immense pain and still working your way to the finish line is a major accomplishment.  It shows you how tough you really are in the face of adversity.  Good stuff my dear.

Suzy

2010-06-01 10:47 PM
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TinkerBeth
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ceilidh - 2010-06-01 1:44 PM You are amazing. Of course it wasn't a failure. You finished. and that lady that helped you. What a great lady!

mwah!


thanks Robin!

she was a great lady indeed!  i'll never forget her kindness

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