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Salt Lake City, Utah
United States
Devine Sports
45F / 7C
Overcast
Total Time = 2h 09m 2s
Overall Rank = 2169/4444
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 104/249
Pre-race routine:

Woke up around 4pm, had ww bagel & peanut butter, banana.
Stretched a little bit.
Event warmup:

Jumping impatiently from foot to foot in line at the port-a-potties.
Run
  • 2h 09m 2s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 51s  min/mile
Comments:

This was supposed to be one of my best races (I thought) and it turned out to be a terrible race. I was struck by the dreaded runner's trots two times and had to stop.

I started out nice and easy which is always my plan. Around mile 5 began to really get into a good pace. Mile 6 is when it struck. I could feel that ominous stomach gurlge and by mile 7 I was frantically looking ahead on the course for the port-a-potties. By mile 7.25 I was seriously considering jumping behind the bushes of some unsuspecting soul's neatly trimmed hedges. But then I saw it...the glorious Shell logo. I ran into the gas station to find a few others in line. It was my turn just in time if you know what I mean! I realized this would not be a personal best run but if I got back out there, picked up the pace, I could still salvage my time.

Things got back on track although my focus was off trying to figure out what my body was doing. At mile 9.75 the gurgle struck again. By mile 10 I was again frantically looking for port-a-potties, hedges, anything and spotted the restrooms in the park we were running by. I think my fastest split was running into the park to the bathroom. At that point I knew my time was going be uhhhh, crap.

Finished the last three miles without incident, but my time was well over ten minutes slower than last years...grrrr! I was really thinking I would set a PR in this race. Ah well. $hit happens.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure if it was something I ate...my diet was very clean the whole week leading to the race. I had been using a little more of that new MiO water flavoring enhancer all day Friday--don't know if that could be it or if it was just a coincidence. Not sure what I could have done differently.
Post race
Warm down:

Enjoyed watching my 11 year old daughter come in 1st girl and 2nd overall in the kids race! My 6 year was MOP and so darn cute!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Stomach issues




Last updated: 2011-01-02 12:00 AM
Running
02:09:02 | 13.1 miles | 09m 51s  min/mile
Age Group: 104/249
Overall: 2169/4444
Performance: Below average
Course: Mostly flat with gentle downhills
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? No
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2011-04-17 6:50 PM

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2011-04-17 7:04 PM
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Not bad considering the issues. Frankly you did pretty well under the circumstances!
2011-04-17 7:32 PM
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^What he said.  Considering the issues you threw down a pretty solid time.  It happens to the best of us.  Chin up.  There will be more HM's
2011-04-17 7:37 PM
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Way to stick it out Kim.  You'll have your day, you are so deserviing.  Overall looks like the family had a good daySmile
2011-04-17 7:50 PM
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ha, been there done that.

Good job getting through it.
2011-04-17 9:21 PM
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Congrats to sticking it out! And, congrats to your daughter, too! My daughter is 10 and is interested in starting to run or do tris. We'll see! She is already a swimmer, so she has that part covered!


2011-04-18 6:00 AM
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Great effort! We all have those crappy days! 

 

 

2011-04-18 8:05 AM
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You ran 13.1 miles and that is an accomplishment in itself. Sorry about the gurgle. I must know. Would you tell us if you used the hedge?
2011-04-18 10:13 AM
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"Woke up around 4pm..." <-- Didn't you miss the race then??

GI issues are always not wanted in a race.  I used to get them every now and then.  Part of it is nerves, and part of it is not "cleaning the system" good enough.  It's sometimes hard to pinpoint these.

Congrats on what I consider a pretty solid race!  You came close to a sub-2 hour - nothing wrong with that!

2011-04-18 10:26 AM
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Karibu - 2011-04-18 8:05 AM You ran 13.1 miles and that is an accomplishment in itself. Sorry about the gurgle. I must know. Would you tell us if you used the hedge?

Thankfully, no!  I have to admit some of them looked verrrrry tempting.  A gas station came into view at just about the point of no return!

2011-04-18 12:54 PM
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Sorry to hear about your race. I think scary thing is that this sort of thing just happens sometime. Especially when traveling.

Don't let it get you too down. The good news is that you know where to GO in Boise!

Hope to meet you at that race and hear a great race report.


2011-04-18 1:21 PM
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There are always silver linings...

You finished with both socks.
You completed a half marathon
You still came in 50% better than your age group

Good job, even if you were dealt a crappy hand!

2011-04-18 5:16 PM
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Congratulations on your race, it was a very nice to read report...

 

2011-04-18 8:44 PM
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Ohhh kim, so sorry to hear you had a bad race. Boise will be 10000x better!
2011-04-25 5:41 PM
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At least you got out there and tried.  More folks than most could say.
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