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New Bedford Half Marathon, 3/16/08<br><br>
The day was cold.<br><br>
My goal for this race was anything with an 8 in front of it for average pace. My long training runs had gone fairly well. I trained through snow, bitter temps and 40 mph winds off of the ocean, keeping my paces around 9:30. I thought I had a shot at my goal.<br><br>
I’m never confident, but I am hopeful. The start was crowded and I was a bit far back in the pack. I kept looking for the starting mat but realized after too long that there wasn’t going to be one. For the entire race at each mile marker I subtracted about a minute from the times they called out so I could see if I was on pace.<br><br>
Mile 1: 8:49 (plus whatever I missed at the gun)<br>
Mile 2: 8:55<br>
Mile 3: 9:18<br><br>
The beginning is a little bit rolling, but I think I’m going to be able to find my pace pretty soon.<br><br>
Mile 4: 9:19<br>
Mile 5: 8:49<br><br>
Here my accrued time is 45:12 (plus a minute – got to keep adding that minute!) so I am thinking quickly I haven’t started too fast but I will certainly need to boogie further in the race.<br><br>
Mile 6: 8:59<br>
Mile 7: 9:02<br><br>
Not being too familiar with the course, but knowing there’s “a hill” around mile 12, I’m not sure if I should conserve or speed up.<br><br>
Mile 8: 8:57 I guess I’ll keep pace<br><br>
Mile 9: The wind. Damn, the wind. I think it’s here we start running along the water. The wind is cold and strong and feels like it’s hitting me in the face and the side, hard. 9:34. Funny, this is the pace I maintained during 40-50mph winds in my 12 miler last week.<br><br>
Mile 10: Still in the wind. 9:34. I start to fail at math in my head. I stare angrily at the ocean. I curse out loud.<br><br>
Mile 11: Did I mention it’s windy? 9:35. 1:57 appears out of the question. How about a PR of anything less than 1:59?<br><br>
Mile 12: Hmm, there’s the hill. 9:48. How about something less than 2:00?<br><br>
The last mile we are out of the wind. I miss the 13 mile marker and do the last 1.1 in 10:32, picking somebody off right before the end and crossing the line in 2:01:17 by my watch, 2:01:50 gun time.<br><br>
I’m not too disappointed, because I know I can do better than this, but I just wasn’t able to execute on it today. I’m pleased I gave it my best, and I’m pleased my splits were not too wildly divergent. I think some longer training runs at pace will help as well.<br><br>
This was a well organized race, with nice local crowd support and water stops every two miles on the nose. I gave it my best, and I’m happy enough with that. A guy in my office approached me yesterday and asked me how the race went. I smiled. “Windy and cold,” I said. Having run it several times himself, he thought that the race demanded five or so additional minutes off expectations for hills and wind. This is about what I think I was off.<br><br>
Thanks for reading.
 

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Ellen - congratulation and thanks for sharing. Excellent job.
 

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Winds like that are always brutal to "race" in but particularly near the end of a race. Looks like your on track for a major pr when you get to a pr type of race. Go.get.it!
 

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WIND UGH!!! Living right on the beach I know all about wind. Add hills to that and yeah, add some minutes. Great report to read and what, you didn't bring the DSLR with? <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Hey Ellen, you still finished, right? And that's what matters.<br><br>
I just purchased a Road ID, and I don't know if you're familiar, but after the typical space for your name, address, and contact information there is a space to place a small statement. My statement is "always finish."<br><br>
That's what you did. Doesn't matter the time, you did your best for that day. Great race, great job keeping a pretty steady pace, and great description! I always love reading your reports.
 

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Great job given the conidtions!<br><br>
Too funny. Been there as well. Sometimes cursing is better than math...
 

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Thanks everyone. I'm signing up for the Providence Half on May 4. Plan to make it all up then.<br><br>
Pictures are up and linked to the newbedfordhalfmarathon.com site. I'm bib 361. In one I'm smiling and my husband thinks I'm mugging for the camera (I'm not - I'm just finished cursing the wind) and the other one is closer to the finish line. I like that one. Because it looks like. I. Am. Not. Messing. Around.<br><br><img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Ellen - This was my third time at New Bedford, and it's really such a tough course. I said in my report I can't wait to see what a FLAT half is like!<br><br>
Look at you wearing SHORTS!!! Brrrr, I was in leggings - I would have frozen my bootay off!
 

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ellen,<br>
I ran NB too (2nd consecutive year). I had a pathetic day too. I thought the weather was acceptable until around 8 mile. Then it got really cold and windy. By the way...that was me stopped at about 1.5 to take a pee. Then again at 2, 2.5, and 3 to re-tie my right shoe.<br><br>
Dan
 

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You know...I read on the race's website that the women's world record for the half was set on this course back in the late 90s. Hard to believe.<br><br>
Dan
 

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<br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:Arial;">From the caption just below the course map at this link</span> <a href="http://www.newbedfordhalfmarathon.com/race-coursemap.asp" target="_blank"><span style="font-family:Arial;">http://www.newbedfordhalfmarathon.com/race-coursemap.asp</span></a></span><br><br><br><span style="color:#333333;"><span style="font-family:Verdana;"><span style="font-family:Arial;"><span style="color:#000000;">I’m sorry. It was actually in 1989 and Ingrid Kristiansen was the runner. She's probably used to running in colder temps.</span></span></span></span><br><br>
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Be careful of what you ask for<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">. Distance runs with no change in the challenge for your legs during the run can bring on some stiffness like you won't believe.<img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"><br><br>
Even a too consistent pace can be a double edged sword, though at races like the Great Bay half and Applefest thoughts of more flat does seem inviting.<br><br>
I've run tons of races and my PR for longer than 5 Ks have alway come on non flat courses. I can run close to flat out for (when rested and well warmed up) for a 5K but not on a 5 miler or longer. For distance I need to vary my pace and a non-flat course makes the decision as to when for me.<br><br>
I can run hills fairly well and can scream on downhills because I know how to run them without pounding so I can make up lots of time, hence the PRs come on non flat courses.<br><br>
Ever notice how people from away who live in flat country comment about how<br>
they weren't ready for the hills at Boston or other territory where rolling courses exist. Flat may be good for getting your cardio vascular stuff done, but it doesn't do much for all around racing or one's ability to run a race for the best enjoyment if the race isn't flat.
 

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Ellen, great job at New Bedford. Those conditions sound very tough, but you were much tougher. You will rock Providence. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Ellen<br>
Great report. I have a half in april and your report motivated me even more. It was a great read and youbthink a lot like me when running.<br>
Also I agree.... Curse the wind!!
 
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