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Tempe, Arizona
United States
Pat Tillman Foundation
Sunny
Total Time = 38m 56s
Overall Rank = 6290/23299
Age Group = 30-39
Age Group Rank = 584/a lot
Pre-race routine:

Woke up before crack of dawn...4:40. Felt less congested than I have all week, and took my allergy meds to make sure that continued. Babysitter arrived at 5, and we jumped in car at 5:15 to fit in a coffee stop. I ate a blueberry Clif bar and drank coffee while checking out the sunrise on the drive up to Tempe.
Event warmup:

We knew it would be crowded, so we parked at TTL park. Had a funny chat with a lady at the park bathrooms. It was obvious she ran/raced, but she hadn't been to an event near TTL before. At the sinks she says,"Wow! This is so great! Flushing toilets, soap, running water and dryers! I'm so used to porta-potties..." I laughed and told her it was high on the list of reasons we parked away from the stadium. Her husband came out and she continues her excitement..."Real bathrooms! What a coup!" Enjoyed the mile+ walk/jog to Sun Devil Stadium. We weren't in a big rush which made it easier to stay relaxed when we got to the crowds. Jogged around a bit before squeezing (literally)into corral.
Run
  • 38m 56s
  • 4.2 miles
  • 09m 16s  min/mile
Comments:

Jason decided to start with me from corral 9. They were sending us in 30sec waves so we had a few minutes leading up to actually running. Gave him a kiss and said, "See ya in 40 minutes or so." Start was super packed. I think I ran an extra 1/2 mile zig-zagging around people up to the first water stop. As we got to the bottom of the bridge and rounded the corner to go up Curry, people started really dropping to walking. I heard a guy ask his buddy, "I thought you said this was a flat course?" hehehe Water stop 2 was crowded after the hill, so stayed left again. Lots of police out at the corners and people waving and telling them THANKS! In the residential section, a man in a wheelchair was cheering us on and giving 5s. And any kids I saw with their hands out I had to get to... Love how they get so excited! Heading back south and over bridge #2, people were getting excited because they could see the stadium, and we were "almost there!"...ummm, 4.2 miles and we just passed water station at mile 3. Not almost there. I was getting hot and my congestion made my throat clogged, so I grabbed some water to sip/rinse. Would've gargled if I had time ;). A minute later I heard, "Did she just spit???" Yes, yes I did. Sorry, Ladies. Ran down the bridge and heard people groaning when they realized we weren't turning back to finish yet. About 1/2 mile later we turned right...and I started getting a stitch in my left side. I hadn't walked when I got water...grrr. So I took 30 seconds to slow down. At the next turn into the stadium lot, the course stayed on the road while a sidewalk curved across from road to lot entrance. About 8-10 people were cutting through on the sidewalk, and a man next to me yelled, "Hey! Stop cheating!" Made me chuckle. While it was obvious they knew what they were doing, who was being "cheated"? Going into the lot there were chutes leading to the stadium. This became more dodging/zigging time, and, as now I had kept up a good pace (for me) and was tired, it wasn't very fun. The last few hundred yards uphill into and under the stadium was pretty stop and go getting through people. Coming out of the tunnel onto the field to the finish line at yard 42 felt REALLY good!
What would you do differently?:

I might carry a small water bottle when I have breathing/congestion issues. I wouldn't have had to wait for a less crowded water station.
Post race
Warm down:

Found Jason in the finishing crowd. We headed for water and fruit. Then we waited for a friend to work his way through everyone. We found his family and then walked around expo for awhile.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Having crazy allergies this week. Being well-watered and needing throat/nose clear.

Event comments:

They didn't give out finisher's medals, but the race shirt (see pic) is the nicest I've gotten so far. Soft, comfy, v-neck and feminine cut...it's really just for women! Men's is a different style.
For having almost 24,000 participants, I don't know what else they can do to make it "easier". Just a lot of crowd control.




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Last updated: 2013-03-11 12:00 AM
Running
00:38:56 | 04.2 miles | 09m 16s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/a lot
Overall: 0/23299
Performance: Good
Course: Just a big loop north out of stadium lot, over a bridge, up and down a hill. Weaved through a residential area before going over another bridge to head back to stadium. The finish was south of the start line and weaving through chutes back up into the stadium.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2013-04-21 12:56 PM

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2013-04-21 1:25 PM
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Nice job, Erin!  Man, good on you--I can't imagine running while all stuffed up is easy...  I didn't realize until I saw your pics who the 'Pat' was.  His was/is an amazing story--not many would give up what he did to go fight for his country.  Congrats on supporting that!
2013-04-21 1:35 PM
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Great race!!! Congested and everything! Did you just spit? Heh heh. Love the big ol Tillman jersey. Those shirts are nice!
2013-04-21 2:19 PM
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Nice race - well other than the spitting on those women.
2013-04-21 4:10 PM
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Great job Erin. What an awesome event to be a part of! And you did an awesome job to boot, especially given the allergy issues you were fighting.
2013-04-22 9:12 AM
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Great race!  Love the report!  Love the pictures Smile


2013-04-22 10:14 AM
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Nice job, Erin!!  Loved the spit comment, ha!  Allergies = boooo, hisssss.  Way to persevere and still have a good run.
2013-04-22 12:49 PM
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That is a crazy huge run and you went pretty durn fast!!!

I like the T-shirt too

2013-04-22 9:31 PM
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TriAya - 2013-04-22 1:49 PM

That is a crazy huge run and you went pretty durn fast!!!

I like the T-shirt too

The shirt does look nice.  It's always good to get cool props.  Some is better than others.

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