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Virginia Beach, Virginia
United States
Total Time = 4h 36m 41s
Overall Rank = 1282/1878
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 170/217
Pre-race routine:

I had the alarm set for 0445 but was awake at 0400 and then out of bed at 0430. We (my wife was running the 1/2 marathon) left at 0515 to get down to the start for her start at 0700. We got parked at around 0630 and met up with some freinds.
Event warmup:

We went and saw Jill of for the 1/2 and then back to my friends hotel room for a minute. We then walked over to the start and made one last restroom stop.
  • 4h 36m 41s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 10m 34s  min/mile

I was running with my buddy Sam and his wife. At the start we took off and just stayed right between the 4:15 pacers and the 4:30. We just plugged along for the first several miles feeling good and talking about this and that. When we made a turn at mile 6 we where coming back up along a wood line , I had to make a quick pit stop, but had ran ahead of Sam and he passed me just as I was coming back on to the road. His wife was yelling at me "Steven what are you doing" she thought it would embrass me, but it will take more than that. We got up around mile 11 and coming down the boardwalk into a strong headwind which made it chilly also. Sam's wife fell off the pace around there also. When we hit the 1/2 point the clock was at 2:07ish (gun time) and we felt good. Around mile 14 we where leading the 4:15 pace group for a mile or so and then we fell back. The group was real tight and you are bumping into people, when we fell back it was nice. Around the 14 or 15 mile is when we saw the mens leaders heading back. At around mile 16ish Sam wanted to walk a bit so we started a walk/run. I think he was hurting a little and mentally also, (he was now running farther than he had ever run) but we would just rest a bit and get back to it. I was still feeling real good. As we got into Ft. Story around mile 21 or 22 my stomach kinda turned on me. I am not sure if it was to much liquid or what, but in 3-4 minutes it passed, BUT I started really hurting from this point on. My gas tank was starting to get empty. Sam and I just kept one another going and I think the resting did more for him than me. We got to mile 25 and he just kept saying you and me we started together we finish together. I was shuffling along and we finally made a little turn and you could see the finish line so we pick it up a little and as we got closer picked it up a little more and finished together.

P.S. My wife did her 1/2 marathon in 1:59:29(PR)
What would you do differently?:

I do not know.
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed a water and went back to the finish line to see Debbie finish. We then went ot the tent to get some food, but changed our mind because the line was long. I was a little dissapointed that I could find no Gatorade after the race. Then where one of the major sponsors and the "on course" sports drink, you would think they would have some for after as well. I know it is not a real big seal but sometime little things like this get to me.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Who knows...

Event comments:

Last updated: 2007-01-06 12:00 AM
04:36:41 | 26.2 miles | 10m 34s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/217
Overall: 0/1878
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Average Drinking Too much
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: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2007-03-19 8:16 AM

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Williamsburg, Virginia
Subject: Shamrock Marathon

2007-03-19 8:50 AM
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Williamsburg, VA
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Very nice run Steve!!! You did a great job even while hurting.  The wind was a def problem on Sat so I know it must have been bad for you too.  Congrats to you wife for her PR.
2007-03-19 9:00 AM
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Fayetteville, NC
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Congratulations on a great race!  That wind was rough.  If I hadn't been there to get a BQ, I am not sure I would have even managed to finish the race.  I am a type A personality, and I couldn't give up on that goal no matter how much I hurt.  And I hurt a lot.  I didn't even attempt to find food in the tent - because I couldn't walk that far after the race!!



2007-03-19 10:03 AM
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Super nice race Smokey!!!  Very cool that you and your friend did it together and were there to talk each other through the rough patches.  I am sure he felt a great sense of accomplishment!  Your wife ran a super fast race! Props to her!! Again, nice job!!!
2007-03-19 11:01 AM
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Chesapeake, VA
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Outstanding job marathoner!!!  You did great.  This is almost my identical time for my first full mary.  Now, get some well deserved rest. 

Sorry I missed you race morning. 

2007-03-19 11:31 AM
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Science Nerd
Redwood City, California
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Great race!!!  The wind yesterday was definitely a problem.

2007-03-19 8:57 PM
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Extreme Veteran
Cary, NC
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Nice Job!  I hope you are not suffering too much today.  congrats to your wife as well.
2008-07-31 12:30 PM
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Fort Bragg
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Good run. Thanks for the info.
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