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<span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Shamrock Half Marathon & Kickrunner Sighting!</span></span><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">Virginia Beach, VA</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">March 16, 2008</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Condensed version:</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Chip time 2:08:09 9:47 pace</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">AG: 61/251 Gender: 959/2962</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">PR of 5:05</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">This was my 6th HM in the last 18 months and it coincided perfectly with a conference I attend for work. I just love it when things work out that perfectly! This year, my husband also signed up to run the HM and managed to get the training miles in despite ITBS trouble for the better part of the last year.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">The good news:</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">We dodged a bullet with the weather. The rain stopped around 6 a.m. and the wind didn’t seem as bad as expected – probably because much of the HM route is sheltered. I’ve been running in wind all winter so that’s less of a concern to me than hot temps. Warm temps would’ve been the kiss of death for me but these running conditions were perfect with temps in the 40s. I was elated.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">The bad news:</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">I did a dumb thing the day before the race. We climbed 192 stairs to get to the top of the Cape Henry historic lighthouse and I immediately felt it in my quadriceps. Yes, I know the Golden Rule of taking it easy the day before but I didn’t think it would be that big of deal due to how much quad work I have been doing. Race morning I woke to sore thighs. Unfortunately, the soreness grew worse instead of better once I started running. I felt on the verge of muscle cramps for the last half of the race. Huge lesson learned! DH said his legs felt heavy but not bad enough to feel cramp-ish. Other than quad pain, I felt great. My breathing felt extremely easy at sea level (we live at 3500’ in elevation).</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Garmin splits:</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Mile 1 9:59</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Mile 2 9:44</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Mile 3 9:40</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Mile 4 9:38</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Mile 5 10:15 (water & gel)</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Mile 6 9:36</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Mile 7 9:39</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Mile 8 9:42</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Mile 9 9:52 (water & gel)</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Mile 10 10:04 (quad stretch)</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Mile 11 9:40</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Mile 12 9:34</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Mile 13 9:09</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">.1 ~8:24/pace</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">I feel good about my consistent splits. Now if I could only learn how to drink water and eat gel on the run. I take two gels because I run on an empty stomach. I’ve been experimenting between 1 and 2 and seem to feel better with 2. DH’s finish time was 2:17 which was also a PR by about a minute. I like this HM route. It starts in the beach resort area, goes through a forest and an army base, passes by a couple of lighthouses and then finishes on the boardwalk. It is pretty much pancake flat.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">We drank a quick beer and ate a cup of Irish Stew in the tent and then showered and checked out of our rooms before meeting marathoners Peter and Dennis from Kickrunners. We saw Peter cross the finish line and he looked really strong. This was our first time meeting him and he really reminded us of one our friends from home. Then we met up with Dennis inside the tent. We were pleased to learn they both had new marathon PRs and I enjoyed visiting with MrsDennis and their DD. Congrats to Dennis’ son on his HM performance.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Peter and Dennis left but Mr C and I stayed at the party for quite a while and drank several more beers while dancing to the great band. Well, at least I did some dancing. Finally, Mr C decided I’d had enough to drink and we headed off in search of yummy cheeseburgers and fries. The Shamrock puts on a great post-race party.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">A couple of days later we had dinner with RoseColoredGlasses and The Rocket Scientist but that’s another story….</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">This is a view of the 8k start from our hotel room. The marathon starts in the same area but heads the opposite direction.</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;"><img alt="" src="http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j255/hooverfam/IMG_2974.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"></span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Peter already beat me to posting a group photo but darnit, I want to post one too!</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;"><img alt="" src="http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j255/hooverfam/IMG_3006.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"></span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">This is the boardwalk where the races finish.</span></span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;"><img alt="" src="http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j255/hooverfam/IMG_2970.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"></span></span>
 

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Great report! Sorry I never got my act together to respond to you. I had some family issues to deal with down there as well as the race so logostics were complicated.<br><br>
I was extremely glad it stopped raining. I stayed at Ramada at about 7th street, 35 blocks from the start. A two mile warm up jog is one thing but it would have sucked in the rain. I thought the temps were perfect, the headwind the first three miles a bit daunting but after that pretty sheltered. I felt the lack of long runs but did ok, 1:40:24, second in my AG.<br><br>
I enjoyed walking back to the hotel and watching the marathon, and I think I was the only fool to stick my feet and legs in the ocean.
 

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Nicely done Choovie! Congrats on the huge PR! Let's see, so for Deadwood you skip the pre-race stair climbing event and break 2 hours?? It's within your reach. BELIEVE (and put in the miles).<br><br>
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Nice report Choovie. Congrats to you and Mr. C on your races. Enjoyed the pics too.
 

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Cheryl, congrats on your 5 minute PR and to Jim also! I'm sorry that I missed you at the Start but I was too busy looking for a parking spot.<br>
I'm glad that we were able to meet up after the finish and had it not been for the fact that I had to drive 6 hours back right after the race, I would have been enjoying a lot more of that Yuengling beer with you guys. <img alt="surprised.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/surprised.gif">ccasion5:<br>
I'm pretty certain that I'll be back there next year looking to shave another 11 minutes off my time <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Always love to read a Choovie RR! Congrats on the PR and to Mr C too.
 

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choovie, a hearty congratulations on your PR. Those are some nice splits!<br><br>
Please pass along a ^5 to MrC too. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Another great RR choovie, congrats to you and mrchoovie on your PR's. Yes, I agree you should sub 2 hours at Deadwood. Now how bout the dirt on the RCG/RS party??
 

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five minute pr... sheesh. congrats choovie, that's great news.<br><br>
also your splits show that you have a lot more speed than you think. your fastest two miles are the last two? hmmmm.<br><br>
(pre-race day activity: wake-up. easy two miles. eat breakfast. plant ass on couch. get lunch. plant ass on couch. get dinner. plant ass on couch. sleep. i don't see 20 flights of stairs on that list... <img alt="roll_eyes.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/roll_eyes.gif"> )
 

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Wow! Congratulations, Lamerunner! I think you need to change your name to Speedyrunner or something more appropriate. Sorry we didn't connect but maybe we can next year. I'm sure we'll be back.
 

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PR Congratulations, Choovie and Mr Choovie.<br>
I'm glad everything came together for you.<br>
Thanks for the report and excellent photos.<br>
When do we get the RCG & RS meeting report? <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br>
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<b>congratulations</b>, Cheryl! You and DH did great.<br>
Very, very nice race. Always avoid stairs prerace, silly...
 

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That's the time I'm shooting for in a couple of weeks!<br><br>
Congrats on your PR and on meeting some nice KR peeps!
 

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Nice, steady pacing, Choovie! Well done on the PR. I won't scold you like the Nattering Nabobs around here - just will say that you've built a great foundation to keep improving on.
 

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Huzzah!<br><br>
Chooves,<br>
I was SO worried when I missed your name on the results page! I was happy to read about mrchoovie's excellent running but worried about you... then I called you and heard the happiness in your voice... I went back and found your name and that fabulous time!<br><br>
Congratulations on a well run race and a big party at VA Beach!
 

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Rocking on in Virginia Beach and a huge PR to boot. Sounds like you enjoyed yourself. Congrats. Now you just need to learn to rest the day before.
 

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Who'd want to miss going to the top of the lighthouse? Sometimes we just gotta <i>do</i> these things.<br><br>
Great racing, choovie. You've set out the things you'd do (or not do) next time and the stuff you need to practice. Still lots of room for more PRs if that's your wish!<br><br>
I admire your training and approach to running. You're doing awright. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
(Sorry I'm so pokey getting here)
 
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