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Richmond, Virginia
United States
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50sF / 0C
Total Time = 2h 17m 48s
Overall Rank = 2769/5024
Age Group = W 40-44
Age Group Rank = 354/687
Pre-race routine:

Drove down in sprinkles - early to get a good parking spot. Ate breakfast (lara bar, applesauce, diet dew) in the car and the weather cleared up...until it was time to hit the porta-potties and get to the starting line. Then it started pouring. Started the race cold and soaking wet.
  • 2h 17m 48s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 31s  min/mile

Overall rank = women only

A pretty good run; I felt solid until around mile 9-10, but then I passed the EF cheering area and got a lift. When it got hard again around mile 11.5, I thought about how much further I'll be running next spring - gotta dig deeper.
What would you do differently?:

Not much - except maybe hit the head before the race one last time...but that only cost me some 30-40 seconds.
Post race
Warm down:

Got my dry bag, food, etc. Kept walking because my calves felt like they were going to cramp. Walked up to car & drove home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

10 pounds or so. :)

Event comments:

Great course. Great crowd support. Nice schwag this year - I love the fleece blanket and the hefty medal.

Last updated: 2013-04-01 12:00 AM
02:17:48 | 13.1 miles | 10m 31s  min/mile
Age Group: 354/687
Overall: 2769/5024
Performance: Good
10:30, 10:10, 10:02, 10:05, 10:16, 10:16, 10:14, 10:52, 10:34, 10:35, 11:06, 10:36, 10:00 2:17:04 for 13.20 per Garmin...1 potty stop @ 2 miles added to my chip time.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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] 5

2013-11-16 4:18 PM

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Out running or enjoying a fine glass of red...
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2013-11-16 5:14 PM
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West Chester, Ohio
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Go YOU!! Awesome race!!

2013-11-18 8:13 AM
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Another great weather day for Richmond racing. Fantastic race! You just keep getting faster. Wish I could do that pace in a half!


2013-11-21 4:32 PM
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Verona WI--Ironman Bike Country!
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Really nice job with that race!!!  You'll be ready for next year for sure!

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