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St. Jude Memphis Half-Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Memphis, Tennessee
United States
55F / 13C
Total Time = 1h 44m 49s
Overall Rank = 504/5346
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 52/348
Pre-race routine:

Got up early, pinned on my race number. Ate half a clif bar and had half a cup of starbucks. Legs were feeling tight and my lower back was sore, so I tried to get it worked out as best as possible. Chatted with jamie and her cousin and we found our respective corral starts. It was also very cold out early, and I was dressed for speed, so I did my best to stay warm
Event warmup:

Stretching an shivering
  • 1h 44m 49s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m  min/mile

I was focused for this race. I had a stretch goal of 1:50, so I figured I would run the first half at 10k pace and see how I go from there. This worked out pretty good. Race started by corral, so I was about 3-4 minutes from the clock start. I thought I would stay with the 3:30 Marathon pace group and quickly passed them.
The first 2 miles were great once I weaved my way through the initial crowd. At this point I was running in the 7:40/mile range and feeling strong. The view running along the riverside in the morning sun was spectacular. I knew that I had a chance to do something special at this point. I took on one of the first uphills at about mile 2.5 feeling strong and ran down Beale street (and saw Elvis!). Right after the 3 mile split I saw our cousin's wife Erin cheering me on, which gave me a little boost as my hip was starting to revolt on me. Fortunalty the pain went away by mile 4
Every mile or so there was live music and cheer stations which was great- I wasn't even missing my ipod. the mile markers were well marked and I budgeted myself 8 minutes past each mile marker (I wanted to sandbag early in case I started falling apart later). At mile 5 I was around 39 minutes and felt real good, so I hammered it out to mile six- where I took a slow water/nutrition jog which I would have blasted through If I had known there was a 10k timing mat ahead. I still PR'ed on my 10k despite my leisurly pace there. I was here for 13.1 anyways. I was still mostly running sub 8/miles here and started to feel some fatigue by mile 7, then right when I needed a pick me up I saw my wife's aunt and uncle, high fived them, and got my ass moving again. I kept my pace strong all the way through mile 10, just taking it one mile at a time. I was very inspired by the crowd support and I was touched by the pictures of the kids that were saved at St Jude. There were a lot of those kids out there cheering us on too, so I thought whatever pain I had in my mind is nothing compared to what they are dealing with.
Mile 11 and 12 was a blur. I probably dropped my pace a bit because I was getting passed now and staring to hurt a little. At mile 12 I knew Was going to hit my PR, but had to hustle if I wanted to finish sub 1:45. The last .2 miles were downhill thankfully and I ran into The finish line with 10 seconds to spare. I thanked god for giving me this race. My 2007 season was over and I was thrilled with the finale.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing other than lose a few pounds.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked up the stairs- which was not fun (we finished in the redbirds stadium) and grbbed a water and some chocolate milk. I went and cheered on the other runners while waiting for Jamie and Cory. They came in and looked great (can't wait to see the finish line shot). We got the hookup with Cory's wife (works for the big sponsor Juice Plus) and went up to the hospitality suite and had some grub and a couple of beers. Then, of course, later went for some memphis BBQ!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My spare tire and man boobs :)

Event comments:

Excellent race. Very organized, lots of great volunteers, lots of great entertainment on the course, great crowd support, great logistics, and a great cause it supports.
My only complaint was the post race area was a bit too crowded and chaotic.
I would recommend this race to anyone.

Last updated: 2007-11-28 12:00 AM
01:44:49 | 13.1 miles | 08m  min/mile
Age Group: 52/348
Overall: 504/5346
Performance: Good
Course: Light rollers and flats all through Memphis. Only a couple decent climbs coming from the river, but the views of the Mississippi more than made up for it.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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

2007-12-02 8:35 PM

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Subject: St. Jude Memphis Half-Marathon

2007-12-02 8:52 PM
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Roswell, GA
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Great report honey! I complete agree with you about the St Jude kids. That made the entire trip worth every painful step. Great race time i knew you would blow it out. You are my motivation!
2007-12-03 6:47 AM
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Great race report. And awesome PR.  You have motiviated me to train my off this winter since you've set the bar high. 

2007-12-03 7:49 AM
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Great looking race - You pretty well crushed your goal time which must be a great feeling..Way to go!

2007-12-03 8:47 AM
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Great race bro! Way to end the year!

2007-12-03 9:01 AM
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Marietta, GA
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AWESOME race - sounds like you were definately on top of your game! I can't believe you went out at 10K pace and held on through the finish, I would say that means you need to up your 10K pace next time out! Congratulations on an excellent finish to your season!!

2007-12-03 2:16 PM
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Atlanta, GA
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Awesome race! A job well done for sure.
2007-12-04 7:46 AM
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Vestavia Hills
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Spankin' fine race report, you captured the whole race experience, thoughts and emotions nicely.

Speaking of which, HOT DAMN on the PR's for the day - that is a smoking fast time and a great way to cap off what has been a great season.

Given the base training coming up over the winter, I pity the foo' racing you next year!


2007-12-04 12:54 PM
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Atlanta, GA
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Awesome RR!  We really missed you at the tri club party, but we'll let it slide since you made the club proud!!
2007-12-04 1:46 PM
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Great race!  I wish I had checked the BT boards before heading down to Memphis for the race.  It was a great course and an even better cause.  Enjoy the off season!
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