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This report is really annoying me b/c I'm trying to put pictures in, which I've never done before. Links will have to do. So here are the pictures before the report so I get them done--this is the third time I've written this report and lost it <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif">.<br><br>
On the first picture, I am in the pink on the right. The girl in the middle is my training partner Danyelle.<br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><a href="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2087/2153381382_d54fe1b3d0.jpg" target="_blank"><span style="color:#FF4400;">http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2087/...d54fe1b3d0.jpg</span></a></span><br><br>
The second picture is me and DH. He won first in his AG for the 5K, I won 3rd in my AG for the half.<br><br><a href="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2079/2152614923_5e67644641.jpg" target="_blank">http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2079/...5e67644641.jpg</a><br><br><br><br><b>Goal:</b> 1:50-1:55<br><b>Actual:</b> 1:56:34 (8: 54 pace, 3rd in AG, 13th overall female out of 60, 54th out of 121 total racers for the half).<br><br>
I didn't get any splits except fo the first couple of miles when I was running with Danyelle because there were no markers. Those first couple were 8:31 and 8:27 so I slowed down over the course of the race. The course was kind of weird and I still am not sure I liked it much.<br><br>
The Run for the Ranch (benefiting the Good Samaritan Boys' Ranch in Brighton, MO) was four races: a 5K, a 10K, a half marathon and a full marathon (a BQ marathon). There were somewhere between 300-400 runners overall. The course was basically a single 5K loop with a little extra at the beginning for the half and a little more extra at the beginning for the marathon. That meant we all started together, and the half runners and the marathoners had to run until they reached their designated turn-around (half--0.35 miles, mary--0.7 miles), marked with a cone and a volunteer to tell you to turn around, go back to the start, and then run the 5K loop. For the half marathon we had to run that 5K loop four times and for the full mary they ran it eight times. So I had to gauge my time by the time on the finish line clock each time I went around. I imagine with those initial sections it would have been tough to put mile markers out that would be accurate for every race. I didn't catch the clock time for the first 5K but the second 5K it was 59:00 and the third it was 1:27--so I was pretty sure I'd be on the longer side of my goal by then. I was well prepared and did well as far as eating before the race but I had felt kind of crappy for a couple of days so I think that impacted my performance a little. But that final time was about 40 seconds slower than my last 10K pace so it's probably more realistic than a 1:50 at this point.<br><br>
What I did like about the course is that I got to see DH several times and he was very good at yelling and cheering and taking pictures. So that was nice, but I look forward to trying a more traditional course--this one bothered me more than I thought it would although we had done some loops during our long runs in training. Just the thought of going around AGAIN was not cool. Maybe some of it was because although the course was said to be "flat" overall, there was in fact a pretty good hill right at the beginning, so every loop started with that darned hill--it wasn't super steep but it was fairly long. I didn't look forward to that and knew it was coming every time (obviously).<br><br>
As far as the weather went, we could not have asked for better December weather in Missouri except for the wind. We started at 2:30 in the afternoon so the marathoners ended up finishing in the dark. It was 47 degrees when we started, but with a 14 mph wind and as the sun went down it got cooler. I didn't feel under-dressed but I also kept the gloves on the entire race. And it was surprising to see how much sweat my visor had soaked up when we were done--it was so cool I just didn't feel like I was sweating so much.<br><br>
I will probably do another half, there is another "local" race in March, meaning less than an hour's drive since everything is a drive here. It should be more of a traditional course. Unfortunately my training partner hated the race yesterday and vowed to never do another, so I may be on my own this time. Today I walked on the treadmill, which I'll probably do several more times this week but I'm taking a down week this week from all my other training (weights, spinning) to recover and to gear up for the VRAA. Plus I haven't taken a break for months now so it is excellent timing. I hope everyone has a great and safe NYE!<br><br>
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You were really close to your goal and it was a great time for a first half! Sorry your running partner hated it, but, yeah, all those loops would have made me disgruntled, too (and the late start time!).
 

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Congratulations on your 3rd AG finish! That's an awesome time for your first 1/2! <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Thanks Nettie--and thanks for fixing my pictures, I've got to get that figured out.<br><br>
Actually since it's winter, the late start wasn't too bad because it gave us time to get the kids to grandma's and get to the race (we're about an hour away) without having to get up really early. Plus it was below 30 degrees in the morning so the warmer afternoon was nice. It did take some thinking to figure out how to eat for the race though. I just had little meals all day with something easy (yogurt and banana) about an hour before the start and it worked okay. I think that was part of my friend's problem and why she felt awful after the race--I don't think she ate well before the race at all during the day.<br><br>
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Awesome time for your first HM, Lisa! <img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif"><br><br>
Congrats on the AG and the hardware, and I love the pics. Sounds like you'll have some great racing in 2008 to look forward to.
 

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Nice run for you on your first try at the distance.<br><br>
I don't blame you for not caring for the setup and organization. You'll really appreciate it when you try a well orginized event on a good course. I'm sure your headed for some PR's in '08 and benefited from your effort in this one.<br><br>
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Great job!!!
 

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Wow! You're fast <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> That's a great first 1/2 and I think you did very well to get that close to your goal time, given you had to go up that hill 4 times or more. Having to do 4 5K loops would have bothered me too, I think. I was looking for your report because you had mentioned it was your first in the Starting Gate thread.<br><br>
I think you should do another, different one. You'll have a better idea how you might like it.
 

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Thanks! There are a couple of 1/2 marathons in the area towards the end of March that I am looking at. I know one is an out-and-back type course and I think, but don't know for sure yet, that the other is a straight shot start to finish...but I also saw that last year they didn't run quite a 1/2--12.75 miles and I don't know why that was.
 

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Hey Great job on your half. Where are you running in March. I'm concentrating on Olatha. What is withinn an hour of you. Since we're in the same neck of the woods
 

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On 3/22 there are two races. One is in Springfield, the Frisco Highline Run for Scouting 1/2 Marathon and 5K--that's the one that was a little short last year. Springfield is 45 - 60 minutes down I-44 from us and that is where most of my racing has been so far with the exception of a local 5K and I'm going to a Polar Bear Run 5K/10K in Bolivar in February (about an hour west on Hwy 32). I'm supposed to race a friend in the 5K but if he bails then I'll run the 10K.<br><br>
The other one on 3/22 is the Sedalia Half Marathon, which would be a little more of a drive. The race director said the entry form is not ready yet but he sent me the course map and last year's results if you're interested.<br><br>
Last year the Army 10-miler in Springfield was also around the end of March but it was the weekend after the Frisco half so if it's the same way this year then it would conflict with your Olathe race--it's 3/29 right? The 10-miler isn't on the calendar yet.<br><br>
I use <a href="http://www.omrr.org" target="_blank">www.omrr.org</a> (Springfield running club) to find most races around here--the Sedalia race is not on their schedule yet (falls under "regional events" and sometimes they're slow to get on there), but it is on the race calendar for the KC area running club--<a href="http://www.mararunning.org" target="_blank">www.mararunning.org</a> . I know that they have some races in the Waynesville/FLW area but I don't know how they advertise them--it's usually too late by the time I hear about them.<br><br>
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Lisa, that was a very fine time for your race! I would have had mental troubles with all those loops...you're a tough cookie to run so well under those conditions.<br><br>
I enjoyed the pics, too. (I always like a RR with photos <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">). Congrats to both you and your husband on your AG wins...awesome.
 
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