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Well this is my 3rd HM and 1st repeat of this one. This year's race had much better weather than last(45 and sunny vs 45 windy and rainy), and despite it not hosting the RRCA HM State Championship (they did last year) there were 505 runners (over 100 more than last year).<br><br>
The course in H'ville is a double out and back with a hill and some long gentle slopes. The course travels nearly exclusively through residential streets w/ nearly 4M on the Aldridge Creek Greenway. The course had 3 water stops (w/ powerade) that you passed twice.<br><br>
I had signed up for this race initially just as an afterthought in training for the Rocket City Marathon in 4 weeks. A few days before the race I had decided to give a PR effort for 1:50 (8:20 pace). This would be a 7 min PR over the Mercedes HM, a much tougher course.<br><br>
The race was hosted by Hillwood Baptist Church, and parking direction was given by some Army soldiers who did a admirable job getting 100s of cars into a space not designed for that many vehicles (directing us to the grass yard). There were no problems finding adequate water/gatorade or port-o-johns (regular Restrooms were also available inside I assume) prerace.<br><br>
For a change this race actually had a decent PA to give race announcements over. There was a brief prayer and recognition for Vets.<br><br>
How did I do? Well I started off well but by mile 4 I had to keep getting myself to speed up as I would start slipping slower occasionally. My self-abuse paid off w/ a PR of 1:52:38. I did talk a lil' smack to a Bama fan as I passed him, telling Him if I finish before him the Bulldogs win that day (Miss State was playing Bama later that day).While a lil' bit slower than my goal it was a nearly 5 min PR for a distance I hadn't specifically trained for. I'll take it<br>
22 of 39 AG<br>
202 of 505 overall<br><br>
There were no pics taken commercially on the course but Here's one of me and the DDs afterwards.<br><br><img alt="" src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2354/1989792725_6bed256a60.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
Only gripe I've got is the lack of bling factor to the medal. It was tiny. Yes, I'm wearing it in the pic.
 

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Congrats on the PR! Nothing like talking a little smack while racing<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br>
Nice picture. Your children are beautiful!<br><br>
Congratulations!
 

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Nice job on the PR, Jarrod! Your training's looking good for your first marathon attempt. Do you have a goal time for that?
 

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I'm debating going for a <4hrs. I'll know more about the likelihood on that after this weekend's 20Mer (my 4th on this training plan).
 

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Congrats on the great run. I wish I had been there with you. And, I would have been if we'd gone up to the inlwas on Friday night instead of on Saturday morning. I missed my shot at three PRs in three weeks. Oh well, I got in 13.5 later that afternoon, some of it on the RocketCity Marathon course. I'm going 20 on Saturday too, final prep for the marathon.
 

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Dude, those are some tiny shorts! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
Great job on the PR! Should be a good confidence builder for the full.
 

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Nice job! Sorry it wasn't quite the PR that you wanted, but it was pretty close to your goal time, and a 5 minute PR in a half is AWESOME!
 

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Yeah those are my Bill Rogers close-out specials (Pacer posted that sale back afew months ago). I think it has a 1" inseam. One funny thing afterwards was when we went to IHOP straight from the finish (I needed to replace those 1800 calories w/ 3000 cal omelet). DW told me I needed to slouch some while waiting to be seated, evidently I was "projecting". <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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Great job Flem! You are certainly ready for the full monty ...will be eager to see how bad you chew that sucker up.<br><br>
Congrats on your PR and not getting kicked outta IHOP
 

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Hey <b>Flem</b> - getting a huge PR on less-than-ideal training in a HM; sounds familiar <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br>
Seriously, great race - congratulations! It sounds like your training is going well for that full mary (a 5-minute PR is awesome stuff.) And I love the pic of you and your kids
 
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