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Shamrock Sportsfest Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon


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Virginia Beach, Virginia
United States
Shamrock Sportsfest
40F / 4C
Sunny
Total Time = 2h 53m 20s
Overall Rank = 2079/2454
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

We went out for dinner the night before and met Sue, Jen and their spouses...nice to meet more BTers. Then we headed back and set out race stuff ...got up early and ate a cliff bar, coffee and water.
Event warmup:

Doug and I stayed in the car for a bit to keep warm and then found my way to the right corral. I wanted to go to the port-a-pottie, but the lines were way too long...decided to wait. Doug stayed with me until the race started and then he went back to the car until his race start. Everything started on time...I was barely nervous...more excited than anything.
Run
  • 2h 53m 20s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 13m 14s  min/mile
Comments:

I knew immediately I would finish (this was my first 1/2). I felt good and knew I had enough training. Running the 12 miles two weeks ago really bolstered my confidence. I felt great.

I took in three shot bloks at mile 3 and at mile 9. The first 8 miles went by so fast, I was just enjoying the marathon atmosphere and goofing around with people on the course. Just happy to be running and glad the weather was so nice. Great tunes on my iPod, great thoughts in my head.

At mile 10 I got HOT. So I took off my jacket and my hat. The last three miles seemed really hard, I was getting a bit frustrated because I wanted to not feel bad. But I just tried to keep focused on the good stuff. And when I really starting to struggle I got to pass Doug coming the other way with the marathoners and we had a smile and a high five. That really helped me finish...um strong isn't the word...but um...happy! Yeah, that's the word...happy!

The final stretch was along the boardwalk and it looked so far. I was ready to be done. But I finished and was quite proud of myself and my medal. Two years ago I couldn't run two blocks. I needed a new challenge and this was just the thing.
What would you do differently?:

I had pottie issues throughout the race. This slowed my time and frustrated me to have to keep stopping. I don't think it was my nutrition, I just think that I was out of my normal routine and this kind of threw my system off. My system decided to turn back on at mile 2 and kept pestering me for the rest of the race (and the day!). My running times were good...solid 11-12 minute miles throughout. If I hadn't had bathroom issues, I would have easily run a 2:40-2:45. So I am happy with my performance. Yippee!
Post race
Warm down:

Stew is GOOD! I made my way to the nice warm tent and had two beers and some Irish Stew. Yummy. I was too tired to really enjoy the post-race, I wanted to get changed and watch Doug finish so I got my stuff out of the car and searched out a warm cup of coffee. I didn't stretch, which I am regretting now, as my quads and calves are SORE as heck.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Pottie issues.

Event comments:

It was great to do something I never had before. I had to push myself and I love that. The older I get and the more races I do, I am convinced I am an endurance athlete. I can keep the same pace whether I am doing a 5k or running 13 miles. I also loved doing the race with Doug. He helped so much with my training, running advice, and keeping me smiling.

I can't wait to do another one!




Last updated: 2007-02-25 12:00 AM
Running
02:53:20 | 13.1 miles | 13m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/2454
Performance: Good
Course: Flat. I was really worried about the wind being an issue (blowing snow and sleet the day before!) But it was calm and still...whew! Beautiful sunny and chilly day....my perfect race weather. Not once was I cold. Yay!
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2007-03-19 9:32 AM

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2007-03-19 9:42 AM
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Awesome awesome awesome girl! That was almost exactly my time for my first half marathon, and I tell ya, I just felt great having completed it. I really like the half marathon distance.

GREAT work! Yay you.

2007-03-19 10:14 AM
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2007-03-19 10:55 AM
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Ready for another one huh???  I know of a couple races.

Great, great job!  You should be proud! 

Oh, and I think it was more of a low five. 

2007-03-19 11:00 AM
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Way to go Shannon!  I love your reports.  Great job!

 

2007-03-19 11:33 AM
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Subject: RE: Shamrock Sportsfest Half Marathon

Great job, Shannon!  Are you rethinking doing Rock 'N Roll now?  It is a fun race to do.

BTW, I didn't notice anything about stopping for beer around miles 9 or 10.   



2007-03-19 12:23 PM
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Artemis - 2007-03-19 12:33 PM

Great job, Shannon!  Are you rethinking doing Rock 'N Roll now?  It is a fun race to do.

BTW, I didn't notice anything about stopping for beer around miles 9 or 10.   

If I would have had that beer at mile 10, I would have had to stop for a nap.  That's one of the only reasons I finished...running towards the beer tent.    Nice to meet you and Andy!

2007-03-19 4:06 PM
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Has anyone told you lately that you're awesome? What a fun RR, and look at you doin' a half mary and all. Yowzer! Way to go Shannon!
2007-03-19 6:57 PM
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Subject: RE: Shamrock Sportsfest Half Marathon
Thanks, guys...I'm quite proud.  And like I said, barring port-o-pottie issues, I would have posted a much more accurate time.  But I had a great run...had a blast. The cherry on top of a great weekend.
2007-03-20 5:20 AM
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Shannon you are the shizzle. There's nothing you can't do once you put your mind to it. I'm so proud of you. Keep at it, keep training, and keep smiling.

btw I've registered for the Turtle Crawl. Could be your first OLY.

2007-03-20 9:11 AM
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YAY!  fabulous!  way to ENJoy it all, that's the whole point! (well, and the free food and beer, that's the other point!)


2007-03-20 12:45 PM
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Great Job!!!! and Conratulations on your first HALF!

I ran the marathon, which was my first, and thought the race was well run and would do it again.
2007-03-20 1:53 PM
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Great Job!  Some time potty just happens.Wink
2007-03-20 3:38 PM
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CONGRATULATIONS GODDESS!!!!! NIce first half- amazed you resisted the beer tho..LOL...Excellent job-YEAH!
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