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Fish Creek, Wisconsin
United States
Peninsula Pacers
65F / 18C
Total Time = 2h 56m 51s
Overall Rank = 1444/1539
Age Group = F25-29
Age Group Rank = 152/157
Pre-race routine:

This was such a nice race starting at 10 am. Brent and I got up around 6:30 and left the house around 7 am. It was an hour and a half drive up and we made a quick stop to get him some breakfast. We decided instead of parking at one of the ride lots we would park in the park. We had to park at one of the campsites that was quite a ways from the festivities. It was good to walk because I needed to burn off some of the nerves. Checked in and got my packet, port-o-potty stop and then we just waited around since we got there pretty early.
Event warmup:

The walk from the waiting area to the start line was probably a good half a mile so that was warmup enough!
  • 2h 56m 51s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 13m 30s  min/mile

Got to the start line with about 20 minutes to spare so Brent and I stood around and talked. With about 5 to go, I kissed him and sent him off to the side and met a group of three girls who decided about 3 weeks before this to sign up. When the gun went off, off we went. I started out slow and had decided that I would run for probably the first half mile or so until things thinned out a bit. Nothing too bad for hills in the first mile and I tried to settle into a 2:30/2:30 run/walk to just start clicking the miles away. There was a decent hill around mile 2 and I decided to walk it as I was planning with all hills. I just kept going, catching a nice breeze on the west side of the park along the water. I noticed the huge bluff and figured that was the climb that was yet to be had. Just before mile 4 we turned back in and I knew the climb of all climbs was coming. Then it started and I walked but I walked steady and hard and I swore that hill was NEVER going to end. Finally about a mile later, we reached the pirate water station and the top of the hill. But then as soon as we went down, we came back up. So I would run the downs and walk the ups and try to get back into a run/walk rhythm on the flat parts. We crossed the area where the course comes back from another out and back and it was tough seeing some people at mile 10 and we were only at 5.5. But you just keep on going. My 10K time was 1:19:40. So I kept on going and drinking and taking in nutrition. The weather was beautiful and there were little flowers and plants all along the way. We finally turned back in from the furthest point but I was now having to do a spot to spot run with trees trying to keep the running up. Mile 9 was rough and hilly and I found myself starting to walk even more. Finally got to go down the big hill again and knew that it was the last 5K to go. But my legs were toasted. I had to do a controlled run down the hills and I was barely running more than 30 seconds at a time. Around mile 10.5 I saw my first finisher with a medal around her neck and that pushed me to keep going. I was really just doing a really fast power walk in mile 11 and 12 and mile 12 was were I saw my next finisher and she had not only a medal but a couple of huge cookies! They looked soo good because I was sooo hungry. But I kept pushing and got past where the start line was and kept walking until just past the mile 13 marker so I had the strength to suck it up and run it in. Brent was off to the side of the finish and they announced my name and I crossed the finish line successful!
What would you do differently?:

Train more. Do more hills!!
Post race
Warm down:

Crossed the line, got my medal, got water, gatorade and a banana and then to find my husband. I got a big hug and honestly I found myself choking back tears because it was such a powerful experience. We talked for a few before heading to the food tent for those cookies that had been tormenting me. Then the long trek back to the truck which was a good cool down.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Training. Having burn out for most of the month of April was both a blessing and a curse. More training would have been good but I am very proud of what I did considering the burnout I was dealing with!

Event comments:

Fantastic race.... the course was super hard and I am certainly feeling it today but it was a great event and I very much see myself doing it again!!

Last updated: 2015-02-07 12:00 AM
02:56:51 | 13.1 miles | 13m 30s  min/mile
Age Group: 152/157
Overall: 1444/1539
Performance: Good
Course: If you have ever seen Peninsula State Park, you know the course is going to be hilly. Hills until the big climb at mile 4 and then it just keeps on going over and over. The last big downhill was around mile 10. But there were still little ups and downs then rest of the way.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too hard
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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My question is am I playing with fire entering the half marathon this close to my primary goal for this season which is the HIM?
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I just started doing tris this summer and I have two under my belt, both sprints. Is it reasonable to build up for a Oly in early ‘09, with a HIM in Oct of ‘09
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Steady is our walk. Ignoring the pain that is radiating from my feet, I continue to place one foot in front of the other. Again I wonder, “Why am I doing this?”
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Having three seasons under my belt I thought I knew what I was doing. That all changed with a few new challenges and a bunch of new friends.
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This program should be used for an athlete whose goal is to run a marathon in the 1:30-2:30 range and has a good running base in the past 8-12 weeks.
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I will assume you have not run consistently more than 6 miles and have never completed a half-marathon. I believe running your first half-marathon is a big task which requires dedication and work.
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My training was taking off. I had never felt stronger. I was making bigger strides than I ever had. I was stronger and faster than I had imagined myself ever being.