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Hello All,<br><br>
I'm not even going to apologize for this being long. Not after reading Coach T's Race Report.<br><br>
The set up:<br>
I ran my first half marathon 6 weeks ago. I ran 2:14:22 on a very hilly course. Since then I kept up my training but I felt a little unmotivated by the abrupt change in the weather. I didn't go as far as I should have I think. I eased up just a little too much. Oh well...<br><br>
I ran on Friday morning at 6:25 am in 32* F weather, in order to make sure I had enough time to get ready and take my kids to school as per usual. Maybe that way my 7 year old wouldn't feel like I'd been gone for ever. That run was a good powerful 5K. I could already feel the adrenaline pumping and it gave me courage to see the half marathon through.<br><br>
Traveling to Philly was uneventful. Thank you <b>Frankie</b> for picking me up at the airport. Sorry <b>Clare</b> that we didn't find each other in time. I went to my hotel and had a massage that was for lack of a better term...Meh...<br><br>
Then the festivities began. May I just take a moment here to thank <b>Lori,</b> <b>Alexis, their husbands, Jill, and PhillyTom</b> for their wonderful and gracious hospitality. I truly believe that it was because of all your efforts that this trip was so very successful for all the Kick Runners who attended. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.<br><br>
I attended The Friday GropeFest, the Schweaty Balls Run, the Pre Dinner Dinner, the Race, The Bleacher Bash and the Post Race Drink Fest. I didn't overdue any of them so you can't blame me for that.<br><br>
I had a moment. You know one of those " hey...I can't believe I'm making this happen moment in life" at the <b>Schweaty Balls Run</b> when I was running behind, <b>LL, boB, Trevor, Voodoo, The Kenyan, PhastTom,</b> along side of <b>Nettie</b> and the <b>Big Gahoona</b>. It was somewhat surreal to be running with these Big Fish in the Pond. I had arrived!!! What a thrill!<br><br>
So since this is a Race Report, perhaps I should move along to the race.<br><br>
I got to bed early enough on Saturday night after agonizing over my gear and setting it all out. The fugging weatherman, as you all know, was calling for rain and cold. But the temps hadn't dropped yet like they said they would so I made contigency plans. I wore throwaway clothes since typically overheating is a big issue for me. Ball cap, stretchy gloves, AC/DC running socks, capris, old three quarter shirt over new long sleeve thin layer over trusted AC/DC cotton t-shirt over running bra.<br><br>
I woke up at 5:19 am. Brushed my teeth, had a pee, ate a chocolate covered pretzel, drank some H2O, got dressed and left the building. I go outside and catch a cab along with a guy with a German accent, in a leather jacket and jeans and two other runners. The cabby was super enthusiastic and put me in the mood to fight the good fight. When we got to the start area the two runners went there own way while the man in the leather followed along my path. I asked him if he was running? Smooth. I know. It comes with practice. But what I found out was really cool. It turned out that he was a VIP spectator. Oh yeah? How come? Turns out that he is assessing the outcome because his company would be bidding on the NYMarathon timing rites next year. "Really? Wow! Hey, let me tell you what I think." (yes I said exactly that) So he stops and looks me in the face. "I'm here with a large group of runners this weekend and let me tell you that we are very worried about this new technology that they are using here." I gave him our reasons. Too flimsy. Too fragile. Not tested before. The marathon advertised that ChampionChip would be handling the timing. You can't bend it. I even told him I was worried that I was running this race for nothing but a disaster drill. and so on and so on. Well...he works for ChampionChip and had actually never seen the technology that was being used that day. So he asked if he could take a picture of the timing chip already on my shoelace, both sides and thanked me for letting him know all of my concerns. He wished me luck and we parted company. Nice guy...<br><br>
I hit the PortoPotty and then made my way to the start. I met up with <b>Keriksen</b> and <b>PhillyTom.</b> They disrobed...so I did too. Dropped my three quarter sleeve warming shirt in the trees. It was not warm out but not chilly either. We went right up near the start. The gun went and we moved through the chute and I never saw <b>Keriksen</b> or <b>PhillyTom</b> again.<br><br>
I felt great!!!! All those people all over the place! Fantastic! I was running well and strong and breathing fine. My garmin had me at 8:57 mile pace. That's fast for me. But it was completely comfortable. So I went with it. I started to shed my layers at about mile 4. The ball cap went. The gloves went. Then the thin long sleeve shirt, leaving me with the tee, and capris. I regretted the shirt at mile 8. But I was near tears at mile 9 when my fingers were numb from the cold. I put my hands in my pants and ran like that for about a mile. I got the strangest comments. I did that until I got the brilliant idea to pay a spectator the 20 bucks I had in my fuel belt for his mitts. But then I figured that would take way too long to explain, especially with trying to find and interpreter and all, since my accent is apparently so strong. So I kept going. Then I picked up a discarded pink glove and about a half mile later I picked up a discarded black glove. Ambrosia, Darlings!!! By this time I had eaten all the sportsbeans that I had brought with me.<br><br>
At this point I look down and my garmin is off!!! Crap. I turn it back on but I don't know why...the whole thing is fugged up now. I didn't mind the hill on mile 9. Afterall I had my gloves by then. I can tell you that I never saw a mile marker after that one. This is where things get a little shady for me. I know that I went for a pee in the wild 6 feet deep bushes at some point in that time between mile 10 and 13.1, but when exactly I don't know. All of a sudden I was exhausted. I wanted to quit. And I would have too if I hadn't been so cold. I knew I was doing badly. I had to walk. I had to stop. I finally stopped because I was having chest pains or boob pains. chest pains or boob pains. ah Crap! I'm weaving as i'm walking and trying to decide if i'm going to die or pass out. All I wanted were my clothes and to quit. But my clothes were back at the finish line and I had people waiting for me, so I made a decision...a wise one I think. I decided that I'd get to my clothes faster if I kept running and collapsed then if I just stopped running and walked the rest of the way. I emptied what I thought was the last of my Gatorade and went on my merry way with the back of the Art Museum as my guide.<br><br>
Those bastards had to make us go around the park, didn't they? I didn't stop after I made my decision to collapse but I was in pain and I know I was moving slowly. My garmin said I had already been out there for 2hours and 25 minutes when I came around the bend and remember it had been shut off for at least a portion of the run, so I knew I was doing very poorly.<br><br>
I saw <b>High Heat</b> taking pictures and tried to muster up a smile. I wanted to tell him to pick on someone else but I couldn't muster up the energy. I was never so happy to see a finish line in all my life. I don't remember crossing it. All I remember is stumbling to the back of the chute to find a Beaming <b>Scratch</b> celebrating his first half victory. He gave me strength. Then <b>Clare</b> came up behind us. Good thing too, she steadied me from passing out just after we got our medals. Once I ate I was better. Thank goodness for salty soft pretzels and bananas.<br><br>
I came in at 2:19:48. I could not believe it! After mile 11 or so I was sure I was coming in at 2:30 or over. Funny thing is I was disappointed with my overall performance. It's funny because 6 weeks ago I would have been thrilled with it. Also, I know I gave it everything I had. EVERYTHING! That's why my lips were blue when I got to the bleachers. Thanks to everyone who shed a skin to heat me up. I really appreciated the green colemans poncho even if it made me look like the dork that I am. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br>
Best part: Being greeted by the KR 30's bleacher party, my warm clothes, cookies and beer.<br><br>
P.s. I'm no longer a pee virgin.
 

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<b>Winter,</b> what accent, I didnt notice that you talka funny <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
Wow you went through all that in 13.1 miles and still looked that good afterwards, amazing. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br>
It was great meeting you! Thanks for the gifts ( my son tried to swipe the pennant already and when my mom sees the Habs puck Thursday, she might try to swipe that )<br><br>
No longer a pee virgin huh? I almost joined the non club Sunday, just didnt happen <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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I was certain I would come in about 30 minutes slower than I did on that day, too, yet am still a little miffed I didn't do better, so we got that in common. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
I suspect you will murdalize your next half and I think you mentioned something about breaking an hour in a 10K this year (in the other thread) which oughta be a done deal. No worries. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Woohoo Winter! You are now a corporate spy! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"><br><br>
That was one hell of an effort, and I'm am highly impressed that you were so close to your previous time, with just a few short weeks in between your races. I can completely sympathize about the numb fingers. I'm so glad I decided to wear my good ones, not my throwaway ones. Even with them, my fingers hurt really badly post-race while in the bleachers.<br><br>
Oh, and you were stylin' in that green poncho. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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It's a heck of a run going through Philly like that. I was surprised when you came in after me but you were a welcome sight.<br><br>
I'm still waking up here so I'll see about coming back later when I'm more awake and adding a few more thoughts.
 

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This report was fantastic, <b>Michelle</b>! Way to go! Picking up the discarded gloves = brilliant. There was some good stuff on those streets! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> Seriously -- great race, and even better to meet you in person this weekend!
 

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Winter,<br><br>
Way to gut it out through those last few miles. Your running has improved SO much over the past six months, it's amazing!<br><br>
P.S. Until I read the RR, I thought the mismatched gloves were something done on purpose from the start... like your own fashion statement! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> Knowing that ya improvised to keep those hands warm later on, makes it even more interesting! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Indeed!<br><br>
Even with the struggles, you ran a solid time. You should be proud of that - running 2 HMs in succession like that is not easy. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you and watch your race.
 

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Way to go, Winter!!! Great job persevering. It would have been so much easier to quit, but you made the harder choice. Proud of you!
 

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It's inevitable that if we run races there are going to be moments, well, stretches of time where things feel like they've gone horribly wrong. I know it happened to me in the 10K back in September when I finished DFL and got to walk/run the final half and telling the course volunteers as I passed that I was the final runner. Well walker, who would try to start running again and just feel miserable doing so.<br><br>
I imagine that even in a crowd of people like in Philly that experience can feel.<br><br>
Now that I've gotten to read this, it makes you're coming in after me and smiling more amazing. I should try to remember that sort of retrieval of enjoyment after near despair.
 

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Hmm... I reckon I'm still a pee virgin. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/icon_scratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="scratch"><br><br>
Excellent report! I thought about picking up random gloves and other clothing off the ground as well! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> Way to hang in there!
 

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Good job Winter. You must have been quite the sight out there with the different color mittens. Nice meeting you this weekend.
 

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Great report, Michelle! You did great, despite you feeling a bit disappointed. I think you have a very memorable experience to carry with you on your next HM!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> Might make it a little easier, somehow.
 

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<b>Winter</b> - first off, let me say what a pleasure it was to finally meet you in person. I remember finally getting a chance to get some real time chatting with you for the first time post-race. I would've never guessed you pretty much left it all out on the course like you did in this great RR.<br><br>
Don't let anyone tell you you're not gutty (heck, anyone with an AC/DC shirt has to be tougher than normal <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">) Awesome race, dear - your disappointment in the result shows how far you've really come in the past few months.
 

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Winter - it was a great run on a tough day. Congrats! That was a great run. And the poncho was something else!<br><br>
PS - If I had known you were going to take your shirt off at mile 8 I would have come back to run in with you. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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Well then I won't tell you that you missed me stripping right down to my running bra in the bleachers post race. That would just be cruel of me! In fact I almost dropped trou to put dry pants on when I remembered that I run commando! You missed it. Too bad for you....<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 on finishing the race even though you were in some pain and cold and wanted to quit. I enjoyed your race report a lot; I admit I laughed when you picked up the two discarded gloves <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> Hope your next HM goes more smoothly.
 
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