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Goldsboro Heart & Sole Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Goldsboro, North Carolina
United States
27F / -3C
Total Time = 1h 54m 35s
Overall Rank = 52/129
Age Group = F45-49
Age Group Rank = 1/6
Pre-race routine:

On Friday evening Kevin, Zoe, and I drove to Goldsboro where we spent the night. It was about a 90 minute drive. Zoe had a hard time settling down in the hotel room (but she was a champ using the elevator).

In the morning, I had a bagel with peanut butter, a banana and a bottle of water with Nuun. I also had a small cup of coffee.

We left the hotel to for the race site just after 7:00. The race site was about 15 minutes away. When we got there, I went to packet pickup, dropped my stuff at the car, put the race number on my belt, took off the sweats I had on over my running tights and went out for a warm up run.
Event warmup:

It was 27 degrees when we left the hotel a little after 7:00. It was sunny but the wind was from the north and had a bite to it. We drove 10-15 minutes to the race site and I picked up my packet. Then I went back to the car, pulled off the sweat pants I had on over might tights and took off my coat and went for a warm up run. I kept it to about ten minutes because they had a "mandatory" pre-race meeting during which the sponsors were thanked and we were reminded to run facing traffic. (In other words, I could have missed this.) After the meeting, the half marathon runners shuffled towards the start area and the 5k runners went back to waiting in line for the port-o-pt. I did some in place warm ups like leg swings. Then everyone went still for the national anthem and we were off. There was no starting mat so we all had a gun time only.
  • 1h 54m 35s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 45s  min/mile

For the first mile or so I tried to find a group to run with. By mile three I was running alone and trying to catch the Guy in the White Shirt. I passed him at about mile 8 but he passed me back around mile 10.

I had a gel at mile 3 and 9 and water at about mile 8. There were about eight water stations on the route but only two were manned (we passed each of these twice so I guess half were manned) and of those two, only one had water. The other station had gatorade only.

I stayed on my target pace until about the tenth mile when my calves started to cramp up. I was able to keep on running but my pace suffered a little bit.

Overall, I was happy with how things went.
What would you do differently?:

No calf cramps.
Post race
Warm down:

Kevin and Zoe met me at the finish line. We then went back towards the car and I changed into a dry shirt and put in a polartec. They had chocolate milk, pizza (including dessert pizza), and bananas.

Event comments:

This was a nice event and I think that they did a good job with the post race activities. I was disappointed that they advertised ten aid stations and they had fewer than that and most were unmanned. One of the things that I look forward to in a race is not having to carry my own water! Overall, though, this was a good event if you like small races.

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Last updated: 2016-11-02 12:00 AM
01:54:35 | 13.1 miles | 08m 45s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/6
Overall: 52/129
Performance: Good
Course: Flat course going through several neighborhoods and through a golf course community in Walnut Creek just east of Goldsboro.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2017-02-06 7:08 AM

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Raleigh, NC area
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2017-02-06 7:39 AM
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Englewood, Florida
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Nicely done, congrats on winning your AG!!!!

2017-02-06 11:31 AM
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Williamston, Michigan
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Awesome job Jayne!!!  I can't run that fast for 100 yards

2017-02-06 3:12 PM
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Great job! You should be feeling good as a check point for your marathon training! 

PS Zoe is such a beautiful pup! 

2017-02-06 3:24 PM
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Overland Park, KS
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Hey great job Janyne! Calf cramps...yep they slow us down, glad to see you were able to push through it. Cute puppy
2017-02-07 11:54 AM
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First AG, pizza, chocolate milk, Zoe and Kevin: sounds like a great race!  Congrats, speedy lady!

2017-02-07 12:19 PM
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West Chester, Ohio
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Super speedy even with calf cramps!
Wonder if volunteers piled cause of how cold it was or if this was the RD plan from the get go?  Unmanned stations could be a mess between making sure enough supplies are out and coming in following the race to pick up cups.

Congrats on the AG win!!!

2017-02-08 4:52 AM
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Congratulations on a great race!!! Sounds like you executed well. Love the pics!
2017-02-16 12:05 PM
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Austin, Texas
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Awesome race!  AG win after fighting through calf cramps is pretty bada$$.



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