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Prior to yesterday, I'd run one official half in 2002, two unofficial halves as part of a full marathon in 2005, and a 20K in 2006. My PR was 2:13, and I really didn't enjoy distance running.<br><br>
I trained hard and smart, thanks to my coach, and added speed workouts, tempo runs, and lots of my regular crosstraining, never going over 24-25 mpw. Yes, per week. My goal was to break 2 hours. 1:59:59 -- that's all I cared about.<br><br>
I ran the first 9+ miles with <b>Big Gahoona</b>, who is an absolute GEM. The miles flew by, and we (well, at least I) had a blast. It was actually <i>fun</i>.<br><br>
We started slow (a 10 minute first mile) and tried to pace ourselves to conserve energy for the end of the race, when we'd really need it. I'm a chatty person by nature (I know, hard to believe, haha), so I passed the time by pointing out landmarks like Independence Mall or giving Big G some info about the City ("This is an up-and-coming neighborhood" or "Two blocks down to the right is where we all met up Friday night"<img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif">. Pretty soon, we were running up Chestnut Street, past the halfway point.<br><br>
We had tried to keep the 3:50 pacer group in our sights, figuring if we were 2-3 minutes behind them we'd finish the half in 1:57 or 1:58. That didn't last long, though. Those pacer balloons were long gone. Our new goal, then, was to NOT let the 4:00 pacer group catch us. As long as we were in front of them, we knew we were on target for a sub-2 hour half.<br><br>
Miles 7 and 8 passed us by, and then we passed the Mile 9 marker and reached The Hill. We'd been told by several people that there was a, and I quote, "slight hill" after Mile 9 but it was insignificant. Um, they lied to us. It was a pretty hard hill. I've done worse in training, and so had Big G, but still it was a challenging, long hill.<br><br>
The Hill separated us. I looked back and told Big G, "I'm getting water at the next stop, and I'll stay to the left," figuring we'd catch each other at that point. I looked back a few times to make sure I wasn't pulling away from her, and each time she waved and smiled so I knew she was right behind me. By the time I got water just before Mile 10, I had lost her completely. DRAT! (But I did see the lovely <b>Merigayle</b>. Sorry for the sweaty hug, girlfriend!)<br><br>
At Mile 10, I looked at the laminated pace card my coach had made for me and saw that I was more than 2 minutes behind his projected pace of 8:57 per mile, or 1:57:20. I picked up the pace. No one to talk to, no one to run with... let's get this sucker over. 5K to go, Theia.<br><br>
I tried to pick up my tempo, but as I reached each Mile marker and checked my pace card, I wasn't making up that much time. Crud. Run faster.<br><br>
Like many of the 30somethings, I was wearing our uniform shirt with a semblance of the Kickrunners logo and the verbiage, "Kicking It In Philly 2007." People started cheering for me. I didn't realize it at first, but I think when they said, "Go Philly!" or "Looking good, Philly!" those cheers were for me! That got me really energized.<br><br>
I missed the Mile 13 marker completely but knew I was close. I could hear the crowd, and I heard more and louder cheers for Philly, aka me. I came around the circle and heard my name, loud and clear. When I looked to my right, I saw <b>High Heat</b> with his camera and gave a big wave.<br><br>
I knew our 8Kers (<b>Running in NYC, Saucon Runner, Noni, Prae, Litchfield Hills, Jill</b>) and <b>KrisE</b> were in the stands with my husband and some other friends, but I didn't know where they were exactly. As I rounded the bend to the finish line, I heard SHRIEKING from the bleachers. My first thought was, "Those are my shriekers. I know it." Another burst of energy as I literally sprinted to the finish.<br><br>
1:58:58 -- 1:01 better than my goal and a 14+ minute PR!!!<br><br>
Splits:<br>
10:00<br>
9:17<br>
8:50<br>
9:00<br>
9:05 (water)<br>
8:55<br>
9:01<br>
9:05 (water)<br>
8:50<br>
9:41 (The Hill!)<br>
8:46<br>
8:50<br>
9:32 (1.1 miles)<br><br>
I'm so happy!!!!
 

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AWESOME job on a huge PR!!!!!! Good race Theia (and i got an honorable mention <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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Hey <b>Theia</b>, great job!! You had a strong finish, I saw it from the stands! Yes, that was us cheering you at the finish line. You looked good! You did an awesome job on your race. Great splits.
 

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You're not chatty at all. No idea what you are talking about <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Excellent work. In the HMs I have done, that 10 mile mark is where the real work starts. They way you described trying to pick up the pace, only to realize that you're not ("I tried to pick up my tempo, but as I reached each Mile marker and checked my pace card, I wasn't making up that much time. Crud. Run faster."<img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"> is dead on.<br><br>
You looked great finishing up - very strong. You should be very proud.
 

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Yeah, that hill in Philly during mile 10 is a gutcheck. I remember thinking the same sorts of things, just a 5K to go, but that 5K after 10 miles is a lot different than a 5K race. Great job breaking 2 hours, I hope to be doing that next year.
 

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I give all the credit to my coach! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> (But don't tell him that. He'll get a big head.)
 

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Mad running skillz AND looks...you got the whole package, babe! Excellent work - sounds like your coach deserves some nookie as compensation (and on a completely unrelated note, I'd like to submit a resume to be your coach for next season! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> )<br><br>
I completely agree with you about the hill at mile 9 - that was some work for everyone! There was another hill just after the halfway point for the marathoners that we'd heard about as a potential concern, but I thought that one at mile 9 was more challenging.<br><br>
Great job - congrats on the PR! And it was great seeing you again and meeting your hubby (though I still think the Clif Bar Pace Team jacket is more impressive than his Ironman jacket!)
 

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Theia, good googly moogly woman, you trashed that PR didn't you? Congratulations!
 

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<b>Theia!!!!!!</b><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/notworthy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="notworthy"><br><br>
Fantastic work woman!!!!
 
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