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Prairie Fire Half Marathon - Run

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Wichita, Kansas
United States
50F / 10C
Total Time = 2h 28m 10s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
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Pre-race routine:

Up at 6 a.m. with a raw throat - thought it was just the chill in the air but writing this after the race I think I'm getting sick. Luckily it didn't affect the run! Parked downtown right at 6:30 and stayed in my car to keep warm for about 20 minutes. Headed to the Fleet Feet tent to meet up with my Start 2 Finish group and take pictures.
Event warmup:

Wandered around with my training group and we found the 2:30 pacers.
  • 2h 28m 11s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 19s  min/mile

Immediately got separated from the girls, but started with Robert and Tony from my training group. Thought eventually someone would go ahead or hang back, but the three of us stayed together the entire time! My headphones simply didn't work the entire time (first time ever) so I chatted with the guys and had so much fun actually hearing the bands along the course and running each mile in the moment. We crossed paths with Christine, the other coach for our group, but she was so in the zone she only waved and kept chugging along. I get it, but felt it was a little odd as a coach to kind of ignore your people. Ah well. She PR'd so there's that.

Nutrition wise I decided during the practice run that one GU was simply not enough for me. I feel like it should be, but my stomach always tells me otherwise. So I took a Rocktane at mile 5 and another at mile 10 and it was absolutely perfect. So glad I did this.

The last two miles Robert got quiet so I tried to encourage us along. My legs were talking to me near the end but I actually felt pretty great the whole time. I couldn't believe we didn't stop AT ALL for walk breaks, except a few steps at each aid station to grab Gatorade. We were mindful to keep the 2:30 pacers behind us as we all wanted to finish under that, and we did. We freaking did. I can't remember the last half marathon I finished under 2:30!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, this was great.
Post race
Warm down:

After the finish chute we lost Tony, but Robert and I walked around then watched some of the rest of our group finish. Also got to see the 1st and 2nd place females finish the full marathon. I got pretty cold so didn't hang around too long after that.

Event comments:

Love my hometown race! This is a beautiful, flat course and a great time of year. Great organization, volunteers and finish medals.

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Last updated: 2016-08-24 12:00 AM
02:28:11 | 13.1 miles | 11m 19s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: From downtown Wichita, through College Hill and back - lovely course.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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

2016-10-09 6:21 PM

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Roswell, Georgia
Subject: Prairie Fire Half Marathon

2016-10-10 2:11 PM
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Congrats on your finish!  It seems to me your comeback was successful!

2016-10-12 10:22 AM
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Raleigh, NC area
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Congratulations!  Nice run!  I'm glad that you stuck with the new nutrition plan and that it worked well for you. That should translate well to the ultra.

2016-10-16 10:05 PM
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Overland Park, KS
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Nice work Lisa! Sounds like a fun course.
2016-10-18 8:41 AM
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Falls Church, Virginia
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Congrats, Lisa! Its funny how sometimes we think we "should" do nutrition a certain way, but I'm glad you went with your instinct. Sounds like it all worked out well for you.
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