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2006 Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
United States
Elite Racing
85F / 29C
Total Time = 2h 28m 21s
Overall Rank = 9486/16170
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 719/1380
Pre-race routine:

Had a great chicken/pasta dinner with BTers: Capt Tony, Artemis, PTinVA, Watergirl. Stopped for a bit of ice cream on way home :). Home by 8:30 pm, in bed by 9:30 pm. Slept until 2 am. Went to bathroom. Could not fall back to sleep. Thought the sound of ocean would help. Nope. Tossed and turned. Heard the race people setting up course at about 4 am outside window (where final 2 miles were on boardwalk). Got sleepy at 4:30 but gave up and got up at 5 am. Had coffee, granola bar and banana. Was ready by 5:50. Left with Watergirl to go to shuttle pickup and didn't see folks there or the bus. So walked the 2 miles to the race at a good clip. Got there at 6:35 only to see the UPS trucks pulling out 30 min before the race. We sprinted to get to 2nd to last truck and sweet sweet UPS man was grabbing our bags as he pulled away. We don't know why they needed to leave so early since the finish was only 2 miles away. Over 100 people left their bags on the ground and the race officials said they would not be brought to finish line. (and some of shuttles, including runnergirl, still did not arrive).
Event warmup:

I would say the 2 mile walk with the sprint at the finish. Oh and needed bathroom 1 last time but was not waiting in line so runnergirl and I just took care of business right there off to the side. Our observation of a 1/2 marathon crowd: much more pretty people with full makeup than what I would see at marathon or triathlon. :)

Even though I had done 3 marathons this was my first 1/2 mary so I just wanted to have fun and kick its booty so tried to just stay in the happy place.

Got to corral with runnergirl and watergirl. Was very relaxed except I realized in the mad dash to pull my shorts back on after I peed, I had lost a gel pack but runnergirl said I could have her extra.
  • 2h 28m 24s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 20s  min/mile

I was so focused that I would stick it out at the 10:15-10:30 pace the whole way. Janelle and Steph did their best to motivate me. But very quickly my HR was going up and I couldn't get it down. The only problem was going slower hurt my legs too much and going faster I couldn't breath. I sweated like a pig but drank water, drank the yucky amino they had and took my gel at 1 hour. Somewhere in between mile 9 and 10 I told the girls to go without me. I pushed until the 10 miler timing chip mat then stopped and walked a slow butt pace to whip out my ipod I had tucked away. Looking back that was dumb. I wanted good music for the last few miles and wasted time getting it on, finding my playlist and so forth...only to realize as I turned the corner for the boardwalk, the crowd too loud and I couldn't even hear the music. I hit my goal time of 2:15 right at mile 12 and got very sad. Couldn't believe it. I kept running though. Except for my dumb 2-3 min walk to get the ipod out, I ran the whole way. The concrete was murder on my ankle though. Ugh! Honestly though my legs never hurt until after the race. But I kept thinking...crap! how am I going to go 13 more for MCM?

The last 2 miles lasted forever. I heard: 1/2 mile left, then a few hundred yards later: 3/4 mile left, then later: less than a mile...WTF? was I running backwards? Damn spectators...if you don't know, don't shout out BS.

Oh the crowds in some areas were really cool and some of them had set up 'rain showers' to run thru of misting sprinklers!! it felt sooooo good!!

What would you do differently?:

Push through the breathing issues since my legs felt good. Not fiddled iwth my ipod for a lousy 3 miles. Not walk so much the day before and not walk 2 miles to race start. Train more track work at home I guess.

I plan on really getting my long runs in...trying it at a slower pace. I would rather have a slower start and run the whole marathon in October than start too fast and walk too soon. Boy Max you have your work cut out for you to get me over the finish in 5 hrs at MCM!!!
Post race
Warm down:

The finish line area and area to pick up stuff was a mess and took forever!!!!!! Very disorganized. Thank goodness I memorized the digits on the UPS truck or we never would have found out which one was ours. phew. Got my spenco shoes...wait until you see kid size 2 shoes filled out 1/2 the shoe!! I had my cell phone though so Steph called and I missed her only by a few minutes and then we found out that janelle felt bad for leaving us so waited at mile 10 or so for us but we didn't see her and ran right past her and the sweetheart finished 2 minutes after me..probably losing over 5 minutes waiting around. Janelle you rock!! I was probably looking down playing with my ipod and walked right passed you!

After the ending mess, hit the beach, went to B for BT at the reunion place and met up with all the other BTers including Katiefrog15, her husband and sister and flyingtiger, artemis and her husband, capt tony, and PTinVA. Janelle and I used the porta potties to change into swim suits and we all hung out on beach for a few hours listening to the bands play. Very cool. Went to eat then with the crew and Steph and I walked the 2 miles back to our hotel...

so really....Steph and I did a 17 miler that day! :)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I am sure the waking up at 2 am played some part in my fatigue and the 14 hour drive over there on friday and the 5 mile walk the day before didn't help but I don't want to fall on that for excuses. Just need to keep training :).

Results for my very short running career:
10k splits:
Nashville 2005: 1:15, NYC2005 1:24, Nashville 2006 1:08, RNR 2006 1:07

1/2 mary:
Nashville 2005: 2:53, NYC2005 2:47, Nashville 2006 2:34, RNR 2006 2:28

so in general showing steady improvements. But not much from April. And I thought since this time I was only doing a half it would mean I would have more to burn and I was hoping to hit 2:15. I definitely feel like my running speed took a backstep this summer and my ability for long runs as I beefed up the swim and bike this summer. I guess doing 6 triathlons cut into my running time, especially long runs. I can't undo it. I am glad I got in as much tri training/racing I did. It will be what motivates me to push in the winter months. And well this race was just the kick in the butt I needed to get focused for MCM!!!

I have to say when you are not used to a flat course, it can hurt more after! The front of my legs and shins are pretty sore. Nothing hurts on my booty or hamstrings or I guess the downside when you are used to hills is that in a flast course you are using one set of muscles more??

Event comments:

I just think that the UPS trucks leaving was crazy before the race. There were not enough shuttle buses, many buses were late. There were not enough water stations (sometimes went 2 miles before a stop), no gels and waterstop empty at one of my stops towards the end. The bottlenecking at end is crazy and the crowd should not be in the area you pick up your food,gear, and shoes and medic...crazy!!! I have been to NYC with 38,000 participants and got thru faster.

I know they had it rough rebuilding stages and stuff after the tropical storm but these problems were not related and from what I heard this is always like this.

Last updated: 2006-06-03 12:00 AM
02:28:24 | 13.1 miles | 11m 20s  min/mile
Age Group: 719/1380
Overall: 9486/16170
Performance: Average
the first couple miles we did 10:20ish based on Janelle's garmin and I would say hit that for a number of miles, did a few 10:30's...but obviously by mile 7 that was slipping. 5K: 33:04, 10K:1:07, 10 miler: 1:50, 11 mile 2:02 12 mile: 2:16. (it took 38 for last 3 miles..ugh!)
Course: flat loop around for some pretty shaded spots, then down atlantic street to finish last 2 miles on concrete boardwalk in the blazing sun.
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? No
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2006-09-05 5:41 PM

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Nashville TN
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2006-09-05 5:59 PM
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Williamston, Michigan
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Subject: RE: 2006 Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon
Awesome Job Renee   Congratulations!!!
2006-09-05 6:02 PM
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Virginia Beach, VA
Subject: RE: 2006 Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon
Great race!!! The concrete can be a killer on the legs. Great meeting you this weekend!
2006-09-05 6:16 PM
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Orange, Massachusetts
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Awesome race Renee.  Nice job getting through it and learning something in the process.  Not to worry, I felt the same way after my 1st half marathon, and 1st half could I ever do double the distance?  Well, a few more long training runs between now and mid October and you'll be just fine.  Make sure you give yourself a good 10-day taper, and we'll cross the MCM line and get our medals.  The total time is irrelevant.


2006-09-05 6:44 PM
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2006-09-05 7:56 PM
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Plant City, FL
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Great job this weekend Renee!! I had the same realization after Crim of double'll be ok.  You'll still beat my ghetto butt over the finish line!! THEN...we'll party!!

2006-09-05 9:06 PM
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Chesapeake, VA
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Awesome job this weekend!  The boardwalk can be tough for you 'hill-runners'.  

One huge thing to remember for MCM is the weather should be much cooler and a lot less humid. That will make a world of difference. I see sub 5 in your future!  

2006-09-06 7:59 AM
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Marietta, GA
Subject: RE: 2006 Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon

Nice job! With all those PRs in this race, you should definately be proud of yourself!

I know that I am pretty wiped at the end of a race (regardless of the distance). Your body seems to know that you only have to go x miles, so it's always hard to figure if you could go twice the distance (at least for me). I think you're going to do great at MCM - just train hard between now and then!

2006-09-06 8:09 AM
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Athens, Ga.
Subject: RE: 2006 Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon
Renee, it was such a treat to run with you. I'm amazed at how quiet you are on runs . Great job. You did it - you broke 2:30. That is an awesome accomplishment. With all the work this summer and your other marathons out of the way, you have a good base to build on for MCM. You are so going to rock that race!
2006-09-06 8:38 AM
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The last 2 miles lasted forever. I heard: 1/2 mile left, then a few hundred yards later: 3/4 mile left, then later: less than a mile...WTF? was I running backwards? Damn spectators...if you don't know, don't shout out BS.

HAHA, this is exactly what I think, too! Too funny. What a fun race- would you recommend it next year? Hopefully we'll get to see some pics from the race of you guys!

2006-09-06 9:11 AM
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Great job Renee!  We'll make 2:15 in Kiawah!

2006-09-06 12:03 PM
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The Original
Subject: RE: 2006 Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon
Hey Renee!  You did great- and beat your last time which is definitely a sign of improvement.  The boardwalk was hard- the concrete was tough on the feet and legs, and it seemed to last an eternity- not to mention it was pretty hot.  Keep up the hard work- it'll pay off for MCM!
2006-09-08 4:12 AM
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Fort Worth, TX
Subject: RE: 2006 Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon
Hope your 'running' legs come back to you once you recover...hey, but weren't all those tris fun?  Good job. 
2006-09-08 6:05 AM
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Extreme Veteran
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Way to go, Renee! A new PB! You rock!


2006-09-08 6:59 AM
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Pittsburgh, PA
Subject: RE: 2006 Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon
I enjoy reading your RR Renee. Sounds like you ran through the challenging part. Keep up the work, you'll see the results you want because you are putting the effort out. How cool is BT? Bringing all ya all together
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