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Chesapeake, Virginia
United States
Chesapeake Conventions & Tourism
75F / 24C
Sunny
Total Time = 2h 27m 7s
Overall Rank = 810/
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 60/
Pre-race routine:

Went to packet pick-up on Fri. Drove down with Klynne and we stayed in Chesapeake so we wouldn't have to get up to early. Met up with Judy (zipp1) to give her her packet that I picked up for her. Splurged for some cotton candy at the carnival for some post race sugar, then had to hit the mall to walk off dinner. Was so nice to hang with my best friend and have some girl time.
Event warmup:

Got up at 6:00, beating the wake-up call for 6:15. Had a nice quick breakfast of a begal with peanut butter, fresh fruit and coffee. Met up with Steve (LSU2003), prior to the start, did some well wishing then went to get in with our pace group. Met Judy again and just hung out till the start. Just prior to the start Chris(vmitriathlete) and Ginger caught up with us and we started out together.
Run
  • 2h 27m 7s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 14s  min/mile
Comments:

Our goal when we started to train for this was to try and do this in 2:30. With our training not being what we thought, we readjusted the goal to 2:45. So we started with the 2:30 pace group knowing that we were a bit slower. We planned to run/walk at a 9:1. Once we got started we felt really great so we decided to just keep running till one of us felt the need to walk. We ended up not walking till 29 min, then the run/walk started. As we were running we noticed three ladies about the same pace as we were, also doing a run/walk. We played a bit of pass and be passed for quite awile. I think that they may have noticed the same thing because it got a bit competative. Took a GU at the second water stop. It started to get pretty warm and one stop had a lady with a mister, that was a welcome surprise. Was amazed to see the finishing group come by looking so fresh and fast. Gave Steve a high five on his way back. Amazingly felt pretty good at the turn around. We finally put enough distance between us and the three ladies between 8-9. We REALLY didn't want them to beat us! During that time we saw a 12 year old boy and his brother running. Was great to encourage him to stay strong. He had only ever ran 5 miles before that and had not taken a walk break. At mile 10 we saw that out time was 1:51. At that point we knew that we could beat our goal of 2:30. We were so overjoyed that we crossed the mat like we were crossing the finish. At 11 1/2 I told K that I thought that I had hit the wall. My legs, left knee, and feet were REALLY getting tired and didn't think I could finsh. She said "you did not hit the wall and we are going to finish strong, now run!" Got the energy back some how and we then saw Steve at the finish telling me to beat her. There was no way that I would not finishing this race with her and our arms held high! A great first half mary finish!!!
What would you do differently?:

Really don't think that I do much differently except more training. We did manage to get our long runs in but the rest of the time the training was not consistant.
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed a couple waters, did a bit of stretching and walked back to see if we could see Ginger and Chris finish. Was really surprised to see the people in the med tent doing CPR on a lady. Then went and got a half of a sub but that really didn't sit to well so I grabbed a beer with Steve instead. Gotta replace the carbs, right??

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of consistant training

Event comments:

Think that they could have had a bit more water stops. Was pretty warm and they had a few people taken by EMS. But can never predict how warm it will be in April.




Last updated: 2008-01-10 12:00 AM
Running
02:27:07 | 13.1 miles | 11m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 60/
Overall: 810/
Performance: Good
Course: Flat out and back along the dismal swamp canal. Was a beautiful day for our first half marathon.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2008-04-20 1:14 PM

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2008-04-20 1:23 PM
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You and Klynne did fantastic hanging in there longer than you thought before doing the run/walk.  Way to go!!  This was definitely a good choice for a first half mary since it was flat and farily shaded too.

2008-04-20 2:00 PM
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Great job on your first half marathon!!
2008-04-20 5:38 PM
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I'm so very happy that you agreed to do this with me.  You're a true friend...
2008-04-20 8:13 PM
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SUPER CONGRATULATIONS on your first half-mary, Susan!!!

You did awesome, and how beautiful to do it with your best friend. 

2008-04-21 8:32 AM
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Great race and you did awsome. You should have beat Klynne


2008-04-21 11:50 AM
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Maybe I should have.LOL But it was great doing it together!!! I'll save it for next time:P
2008-04-21 3:18 PM
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Well done! You did fantastic

I bet that post-race beer tasted GOOD! You earned it!

2008-04-21 3:44 PM
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Congrats!  It was nice meeting you post race.
2008-04-22 2:44 AM
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What a great acomplishment! You are truly a woman to be admired for your strength, determination and kind spirit. Congratulations on a wonderful race!
2008-04-22 11:19 AM
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Way to go!!  So cool that you and KLynne did it together.  So what's next, a 1/2IM??


2008-04-22 11:34 AM
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congratulations on the race! sounds like you pushed beyond what you thought you could do, very proud of you!
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