General Discussion Race Reports! » Freedom Half Marathon Rss Feed  
Moderators: k9car363, alicefoeller Reply

Freedom Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

View Member's Race Log View other race reports
Norfolk, Virginia
United States
Freedom Marathon, Inc
44F / 7C
Total Time = 7h 00m
Overall Rank = 839/
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 93/107
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 0400... made some oatmeal put some pecans in it.. it was pretty good.. sat on the floor did some deep breathing exercises. cleared my mind and focused on the death march..
Event warmup:

Walked to start line.. did a short warm up run (.5 mile..) some stretching. tried keeping loose and warm.. lil cold out..
  • 2h 24m 42s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 03s  min/mile

Given my preparedness for this race, i exceeded my expectation greatly.. My longest run was a 6.2 miles and that was a race i did two weeks prior. My longest training run was 5.5 miles. This race was more mental than anything. I was physically spent after mile 8.

Around Mile 5, i encountered some severe stomach cramps.. so i had to back off current pace.. mile 6, i had to pee like a race horse.. Mile 8 came.. WOW it became the death march.. IT bands felt like rubber bands tensed to the point of popping.. so i decided to walk 40sec at each mile marker to help ease the aches.. around mile 11, walks became more frequent.. the pain increased 10 fold.. But I grunted it out, i was determined to finished this.. Mile 12. oh man, stomach cramps aching IT bands.. the death march was almost over.. i could see the finihs line..

quotes from the replacements came to mind..

"pain is temporary, chicks dig scares, and Glory is forever"

i forgot about aches and finished it with all i had.
What would you do differently?:

RUN more..
Post race
Warm down:

i walked around.. took in some water and a banana.. stomach was to upset to intake anything else.. the pizza looked so tasty, i got nauseated looking at it..

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I've been in a Funk all year.. spark was minimal with training and competing.. something we all go through i guess.. I ran this race thinking i would have been out of the funk.. but i was somewhat.

i missed all my key runs.. long runs that is..

Event comments:

this was a great event.. well supported. I will consider doing it again next year.. I feel like i have too. so i can erase this experience with a fully charged effort on my part..

Last updated: 2011-07-17 12:00 AM
02:24:42 | 13.1 miles | 11m 03s  min/mile
Age Group: 93/107
Overall: 839/
Performance: Below average
3 miles 29:48, mile 4 9:54, mile 5 9:50, mile 6 10:11, mile 7 11:54 (had to make a pee stop), mile 8 9:18, mile 9 11:16, mile 10 12:14, mile 11 14:09, mile 12 11:14, 13.1 13.22..
Course: Course had some inclines of all sizes.. bridges, underpasses and minor elevations through the run.. The roads were a mixture of concrete and ashphalt throughout course.. some of the roads had a major angles which were murder on the IT bands.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 1
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2011-11-14 9:21 AM

User image

Woodbridge , Virginia
Subject: Freedom Half Marathon

2011-11-14 12:20 PM
in reply to: #3901066

User image

Extreme Veteran
Carrollton, Virginia
Bronze member
Subject: RE: Freedom Half Marathon

Good job getting out there and finishing!  Now you've get a new benchmark to beat while training, etc.  

Just keep at it.  If you can slug out 10-12 weeks of 6-8 workouts a week you will PR at Smithfield and be locked and loaded for whatever else you do.

2011-11-14 12:49 PM
in reply to: #3901066

User image

Woodbridge , Virginia
Subject: RE: Freedom Half Marathon
I plan to bro man..

goals will happen next season. count on it.
2011-11-14 7:31 PM
in reply to: #3901066

User image

New user

Subject: RE: Freedom Half Marathon

Great job pushing through the pain. 

We all go through the funk, I had to switch up my runs and found a few running partners to get through mine.  Good luck in your next race. 

General Discussion-> Race Reports!
General Discussion Race Reports! » Freedom Half Marathon Rss Feed