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<b>Bottom line</b>: missed even my conservative goal by a wide margin, but I ran half marathon, dammit!<br><br><b>Background</b>: I've run this race twice before, most recently two years ago. It starts in front of the Tennessee Titans stadium, goes through an industrial area and then into a park, where a bike/running path runs along the Cumberland River. It's out and back, so slowpokes like me get to see the front runners coming the other direction starting at about mile 4.5. The race caps at 2000 people, the perfect size for me.<br><br>
This time last year, I was 12 days away from giving birth to my second child. I've really worked hard since his birth to get back into shape and push myself into better running, with mixed success. I was really hoping to PR this race (1:55:50), but had a totally doable goal of under 2 hours. I didn't get in as many quality speed workouts as I wanted, but was doing well on the long runs. Then about three weeks ago, the whole family was hit with a stomach virus. Illness, sleep deprivation and plain lack of motivation made me a slug for about two weeks.<br><br><b>The race</b>: For a couple of days before the race, I'd been feeling a tickle in the back of my throat, and some stuffiness, but nothing too bad. I went to bed at a decent time last night, and only had to get up with the baby once. When I woke up, I had a mild dry cough, tickly throat, and a raspy voice. It was also pouring rain. I opted for a long sleeve wicking shirt and shorts, took two puffs of albuterol, and rode with my friend to the race start, which is about two miles from my house.<br><br>
To do under 2 hours, I'd have to average 9:09 mm. The first mile was 9:16. Not bad. Next was 9:10. Third was 9:16 as the water stop created a small bottle neck. Next mile 9:04. I was feeling pretty good about the pace. I left my firend behind with a wave and a "good luck." At mile five (9:11), I realized that my garmin was counting the miles about .1 mile before the actual mile marker. I was disheartened to realize I need to add almost a minute to my projected finish time. I did mile six in 8:59. By now, everyone ont he course was completely drenched. There were puddles in the path, and I could hear everyone's wet shoes squeeking and sploshing. Mile 7 was 8:58. Another water stop bottleneck gave me mile 8 in 9:26. I was starting to really flag and got nervous. Mile 9 was 9:07, and my calves and hip flexors were starting to hurt. Mile 10 was 9:29. I knew it was only 5k from there, but I was really starting to feel uncomfortable. A gal I'd been chasing the whole time took off in a spurt, and I couldn't catch her. We were heading back into the industrial part of the course, I had about a half mile of strong whiffs of burning rubber from some plant across the river. Bleah. Mile 11 was a tragic 9:46. The friend I'd left behind caught up with me and kept going. This was all according to my garmin, and I was still .1 mile off. Mile 12 was 9:49. I saw the gal I'd been chasing walking. Bummer. Mile 13 was 9:39.<br><br>
For the final stretch, you actually go into the stadium, run around the field, and go throught he finish line. I tried to kick, but it was pretty pitiful. Once I actually stopped running, I was freezing. I forgot to hit my watch right away, and when I did, it was 2:03:46.<br><br>
Mr jebba, Miss Sunshine, and Little Easy met me at the finish. Bless mr jebba, he handed me a thermos of coffee and a warm jacket. I put my medal around Miss S, and shuffled after her as she induced me to run with her.<br><br><b>The debrief</b>: the training wasn't as good as it should have been. My friend ran fewer miles than me and shorter long runs, but was very consistent in her training. It's a good lesson that she powered past me in the last couple of miles. I'm going to run another half in 6 weeks, and I have no idea what kind of goal to aim for.<br><br>
Thanks for reading.
 

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Arg, typo in the title.
 

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You were fighting a few different things here: a cold, the rain, and not enough training, which I'd imagine is tough for a working mother! You soldiered through and survived.<br><br>
Awesome!
 

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Sounds like a tough race with illness getting in the way at the worst possible time. The nice thing about HMs are you can recover quickly and get back into training for another one. I don't know what your next HM course is like but you should be able to get into better shape than what you had planned for this race.<br><br>
Best to you on your next,<br>
Jim
 

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Dedication! You had everything thrown at you, but still chased Miss S. Don't be too hard on yourself, go on and pamper yourself, you deserve it <img alt="icon_sunny.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/icon_sunny.gif">
 

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I don't auto-lap when I use my Garmin in races for the exact same reason: it becomes disheartening when the lap and the mile markers don't mesh. However, I still keep the mile alerts on just for reference.<br><br>
At any rate, I'm sure you have a better HM to come this year; you had a lot going on and it's still early in the season. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Still think you did great! Wicked cold and flu season this year. Next one will be better. I know I'm ready for warmer, dryer weather to race in.
 

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Congratulations Jebba!<br><br>
I was there! I know the rain you had to put up with. I helped set up those water stops that got you a little bogged down! Just remember that running is supposed to be fun! Think about how much fun it was being like a kid in the rain! Splashing through the puddles! And you did it in around 2 hours! And remember how good the food was after the race in the Stadium Club - Eggs and breakfast potatoes hot off the grill!<br><br>
Have fun and I'll see you out there sometime at any of the Striders races!<br><br>
You did forget to say that the course is flat, even though it goes through the industrial area. I think the biggest rise is about 20 feet around the park entrance.
 

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By the way Jebba - I don't know if you recall seeing those weird guys without shirts and strange wigs on at the finish but they were some Navy SEALS that ran the race and then welcomed runners like you to the finish. One of them even did a flip at the finish line - he was there around 1:44.
 

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Jebba, this is not bad at all, less than a year since having the baby. Hey, even Paula Radcliffe was minutes behind her PR at the NYC Marathon, after having the baby.<br>
For the next race, best thing would be to try to beat today's time.
 

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I should have said the race was very well organized. I am a member of striders, and always appreciate the events they put on. Thanks for your efforts!
 

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Buxtehude nailed it and on top of lack of sleep. I think you did a great job. I am always impressed by the wimmins who do all they do and then find time to train and race. Good job!
 

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That's a good time all things considered. You really weren't that far from your PR. If I were you I'd put a positive spin on it and look forward to your next race with optimism.<br><br>
I leave my Garmin home when I race. Instead I use a Timex Ironman watch. As others have said I don't want to be distracted by discrepancies between the Garmin and the course markers.
 

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congrats Jebba, with your attitude, I believe you will be seeing many PRs. You are very tough on yourself. Just finishing a half within a year of giving birth is pretty amazing.<img alt="banana.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/banana.gif"><br><br>
looks like you have another chance soon and you already stated in this report what you believe you need to work on. You've gone the distance, now get that speed work in and you'll be hitting new PRs. You're doing a great job juggling your life, woman!!
 

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I think you did great!!!
 
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