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Nashville, Tennessee
United States
Competitor Group, Inc.
51F / 11C
Total Time = 00m
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Pre-race routine:

Got up at 5:30, had a small coffee banana and cliff bar. Obsessively applied body glide on feet, have since identified more anatomical spots needing attention. Got a pre race picture of my dry self, that condition was soon to change.
Event warmup:

Stand in the rain, huddle under gas station cover with lots of other cold wet people. Stand in corral in rain and cold. Talked with a local runner who was doing the race with his daughter, he had taken it up as something to do with her. At this point I was excited but wondering why I had worn a cotton shirt with no rain type gear. This was my first half marathon, first race away from home, first time doing any jogging in a race and I learned a lot!
  • 3h 13m
  • 13.1 miles
  • 14m 44s  min/mile

Well I was planning to walk most of this since I have only trained to jog about 2 miles. I signed up with the intention of walking it with my sister but her plans changed. Once we started I took off jogging and all of a sudden we were at the 1 mile marker!! I was sure only five minutes or so had passed, could have been the hypothermia messing with my mind or the bursts of adrenaline. I ended up jogging more than half of the race. It was a complete blast, I loved it. I was so amazed by how people just went with the conditions and had fun!

There were even spectators braving the weather. Saw people in balconies dancing and cheering. People high fived me as I passed.
Saw some good signs:
Chuck Norris never ran a marathon
This seemed like a good idea 3 months ago.
Remember Nancy you are doing this for your Boobies! (?)
Run random stranger run!
Some guys had a canopy set up and they had a sign that said free bacon for runners! They were giving out bacon, too cool.
The volunteers were awesome to hang in there.
This was a wonderful experience, I was 15,000 something of 17,000 something in the half andI thoroughly enjoyed it and have tons of spots to improve moving up next time!

What would you do differently?:

Dress appropriately!!! Duh Mary
I probably should not have jogged as much as I did but at least I can say I gave it a solid effort!
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around and got a banana and water. Went back to the hotel and when I got in there were staff at the front door and they put a WARM towel around me! It felt awesome! I didn't realize how cold I had gotten.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Just my level of fitness and length of time training. Last August I did my first 5k, walked it all and it took me over an hour so I am happy with where I am now.

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Last updated: 2013-04-29 12:00 AM
03:13:00 | 13.1 miles | 14m 44s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Course: This was a hilly course but the predominant factor was really the weather. I was in corral 28 so it was almost an hour of standing in 50 degree rain before we started. I wasn't dressed appropriately for the precipitation but I won't make that mistake again. It rained the entire pre race waiting and the entire 3:13 of my race. Not drizzled but puddles, mud etc rain.......
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
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2013-04-29 3:35 PM

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2013-04-29 4:07 PM
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ann arbor, michigan
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nice work out there braving the weather.
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2013-04-29 6:29 PM
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South Alabama
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Great job Mary! Quite an accomplishment.
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2013-04-30 6:27 AM
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Albany/Saratoga, NY area
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Congrats on your first HM, Mary!!!
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2013-04-30 7:39 AM
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Calgary, AB
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Way to go Mary!
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2013-05-01 1:53 PM
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Essex, ON, CAN
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Congrats.  I was there as well.  I was surprised that the rain stayed so steady.  Ended running the entire run in my rain coat.
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2013-05-01 8:20 PM
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Yeah I kept thinking it can't rain the whole time, I was sure wrong! Next morning there was the sun greeting me! Fun event though.
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2013-05-02 5:02 PM
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No excuses!
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Way to battle that all day rain, great job!
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