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My goal in this half marathon was to not only beat my previous HM PR of 2:11:43, but to try and go for a sub 2 hr HM.<br><br>
This course is basically the same course as The Avenue of the Giants I ran in May, or at least same starting and finishing point. The Ave was an out and back along Bull Creek Road and this was an out and back along The Avenue of the Giants. I did more training for this one than I did for The Avenue, so I knew that beating 2:11 would be do-able, but when I looked at the splits I needed to do to get a sub 2 hr, I wasn’t sure I could maintain that speed for that length of time. John created my pace chart for me and my splits for this race had to be 10.10, 9.10, and then pretty much 8.55 for the rest of the course but giving me a few seconds more time during the turn-around at the half way point and giving me a little more time during that last mile, as I would probably be pretty dang tired by that point.<br>
This day started out cold! I had ice on my windshield as we left our hotel in Fortuna at 7:40 a.m. and headed 20 miles south to the race start. My DH and my DS came along with me on this trip and I got an earful about how crazy runners are to get up this early, wear shorts when there was frost on the ground and pay money to do all this!<br>
We arrived at the start with about 45 min til the start of the race. So, I got port-a-potty duties out of the way before the lines got too long. John spotted us, we chatted a bit, and then he went to do a few warm-up miles. About 15 min prior to the start, I did about ½ mile warmup and then we started lining up. DH was on photo duty, so he and DS walked out to the bridge that we’d be crossing after the gun went off to get my picture. John and I started a bit closer to the front of the pack then we should have, but we were off to the side. And this race was smaller than The Avenue in May (about 1/3 of the size - maybe 800 or so runners), so I knew it wouldn’t take long for this crowd to thin out. John and I stuck together for the first mile and then he wanted to go faster, so he was off. I could usually see a glimpse of his lime-green singlet, but by about mile 5, I could no longer see him.<br>
The first mile went out much faster than I anticipated at an 8.42 (supposed to be about a 10.10!), so I slowed it down a bit . . . or so I thought. I never did see mile markers 2 or 3, but I hit marker 4 at 25.37, so I was averaging 8.45 for miles 2-4. I was feeling real good but had doubts that I could keep up this pace for the entire HM and the last thing I wanted to do was bonk and not be able to finish strong. I also did not want to walk at all during the HM.<br>
I hit the half way mark turn-around (6.55 miles) at 56.03. I was starting to get excited at this point because I knew even if I had to run the second half slower than the first half, I could probably hit my goal of sub 2 hrs. And I was feeling so good at this point, I was really hitting a groove – taking very long strides, breathing almost effortlessly and almost felt to be running 2 inches above the pavement. This felt great!<br>
Mile 8 was 8.34<br>
Mile 9 was 8.42<br>
Mile 10 was 9.07! I was starting to get a bit tired and my hips a bit sore but thankfully this was my slowest mile of the entire HM.<br>
Mile 11 was 9.01 not as fast as I would have liked, so I told myself I had to pick up the pace and get back into those 8’s.<br>
Mile 12 was 8.38.<br>
I missed mile 13 somehow, Probably because this is about where I saw John and he was running the course back to find me and bring me in. I was hoping he’d do this and give me the boost I needed. Thanks John. This is about where I recall him saying “suck it up Tamster!” And then I turned the corner by the bridge and saw the finishing shoot. I didn’t want to look at my watch and see where I was at, so I just ran. I could see the time clock up ahead and it said something like 1:54 and I knew if I booked it, I could go sub 1:55. So that’s exactly what I did. I crossed the finish line in 1:54:45 (I think that is what it said, maybe off by a second or two.<br>
I felt awesome! I beat my previous PR by 17 freakin’ minutes!! And shaved 5 min off my goal for this race of 1:59. What a high! Fashion Report: Blue running skirt with black compression shorts, light grey Asics running tshirt, blue long sleeve C9 running shirt, white ball cap, pink lipstick (Gentlemen Prefer Pink – yes, that’s the name).
 

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WOOHOO!!!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/hello2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hello1"><br><br>
YOU DA...... GODDESS OF SPEED!!!<br><br><span style="font-size:xx-small;">And if my fastest mile in my next race is as fast as your slowest in this one, I screwed up, bigtime.</span>
 

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Awesome! Awesome! You totally rocked it!
 

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Hey Tammy!!!!! Great race! Some smart guy predicted a fast time for you, didn't he? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br>
Congrats on a fine job.<br><br>
hup/Henry<br><br>
are we gonna see some pictures?
 

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Tammy - you ran an incredible race!!!! I'm so happy for you. Great job on the huge PR!!! Pictures - yes, we must see pictures!
 

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Great race! Your training really paid off and you were able to surprise yourself -- that's the best! I'm sure it wasn't just the lipstick. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
(And I am so jealous of the amazing location where you get to regularly race.)
 

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Tammy, you ran such a strong race! It's tough to push through those final 3 miles the way you did. Awesome running! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/cool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Cool">
 

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Damn! That's great! Well done, Tamster <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> I love the RR, too.
 

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Super job Tamster, a 17 minute PR is freakin awesome <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/notworthy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="notworthy">. Not to mention you're such a hottie in your new skirt. Just think how fast you're going to be when you start training a little better, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> well, at least more regularly.
 

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Nice job!! PR's are almost always nice.
 

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Nice report and an excellent race for you. An impressive PR too. Isn't it agreat feeling when everything combines so well?
 

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That's one heckuva' effort there - a 17-minute PR is something to be proud of for certain. Congrats Tamster!<br><br>
Avenue of the Giants is one of those races I'd love to do one day - sounds like Humboldt is a good way to test the waters, so to speak.
 
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