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Huntersville, North Carolina
United States
Hardcore Serious Fitness
43F / 6C
Total Time = 2h 16m 59s
Overall Rank = 240/377
Age Group = 45 - 49
Age Group Rank = 24/33
Pre-race routine:

I knew I was going into this with extra weight and very little training, so I wanted to treat it as just a Holiday Fun Run. But cold temps, rain, and lack of preparation made it not so fun (although I still enjoyed it).
Event warmup:

Sat in truck to stay warm!

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  • 2h 16m 59s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 28s  min/mile

We were expecting a torrential cold downpour throughout the race, but thankfully, that did not happen. It did start to rain at about mile 6, but did not last long, and again at mile 11.

This is an awesome run route (albeit hilly) through some lovely neighborhoods with LOTS of big animated Christmas decorations. I was running fairly obliviously up until I saw a big sign the said, "Worst Parade Ever!" Although I've seen that saying many time before, it still made me laugh out loud! After that, I found my smile and paid more attention to the Christmasy houses and smiling spectators. There were several other funny signs, plus kids who stood by the road for a hand slap. It was nice to see the spectators and children out in that cold rainy weather cheering us on!

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Post race
Warm down:

After the race, we got showered and went out for breakfast. I hadn't had anything to eat but a Lara Bar and 1/2 of a banana. I nearly passed out at the restaurant. I suddenly felt hot, sleepy, weak, nauseous, and beads of sweat started coming from my face. i asked Pete for the truck keys and went outside into the cold air. I didn't even feel like i could make it to the truck before passing out, but I did. I sat there for a few minutes as my face profusely dripped sweat. But after a few more minutes, the cold air seemed to make me feel better and i was able to go back in and eat breakfast. I'm not sure what that was all about; it felt like when you give blood too quickly and you suddenly feel nauseous and hot. It must have had something to do with blood pressure or blood sugar I guess. Ah well, all's well that ends well.

After breakfast we started the 3 hour drive back to Fayetteville for a Christmas Party! My friend Kathy, a retired co-worker has an annual Christmas Party at her house. It is a great time for friends/coworkers to get together before the holidays. Lots of delicious FOOD too!

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What limited your ability to perform faster:

Extra weight and lack of training.

Last updated: 2013-09-16 12:00 AM
02:16:59 | 13.1 miles | 10m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/33
Overall: 0/377
Performance: Below average
Course: Hills
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
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

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