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In Honolulu we have a series of runs in the fall that are set up in part as marathon training for the Honolulu Marathon in December. It's called the marathon readiness series and you can sign up for all 5 races for 70 bones, so what the hell. The races are 15k, 20k, 25k, 30k, and last was today's Val Nolasco Half Mary.<br>
I've run all but one of the races with so so results. I'm new to distance running, so I'm not being too hard on myself for being slow yet. But, today's race was the first one that I felt strong through the finish and exceeded my goal, so I'm stoked, but I started out with some doubts.<br>
It started raining last night around midnight with lightning and thunder, which we get here about once every couple years. I fell back to sleep thinking, "oh well, at least its now and not during the race," only to wake to thunder and a continuous downpour.<br>
By the time I got to the start I was soaked to the bone, so I hung my shirt in a tree because it just seemed like extra weight.<br>
We started off with more thunder and lightning for the first couple miles. The hard part was avoiding puddles, and I found myself ankle deep a few times along the way. The best part was that it really helped keep me cool, so hydration was less of an issue.<br>
I started off a little too fast I think, with my HR into the 140s in the first mile. I tried to ease off, not wanting a repeat of some prior long run breakdowns. Once I got onto the highway at about mile 6 I started to feel pretty good and picked up the pace a little. At mile 9 my HR was still in a comfy zone so I picked it up a little more. By mile 11 I figured WTF, and picked it up some more and even sprinted into the finish.<br>
I finished in 1:50.49, something like an 8:40 pace and almost 10 minutes faster than my goal.<br>
I'd been running most of my long runs and races around 9:30 to 9:45 paces, so I'm not sure where that came from, but hopefully this bodes well for my upcoming marathon.<br>
Man, sometimes running feels so good.
 

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Great race! Awesome time and you made it sound effortless. Sounds like you were just right on your training pace. Congrats on the great results in tough conditions.
 

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Great breakthrough! Congratulations on the PR and blowing your goal away. Maybe you found another gear for racing out there in the rain.<br><br>
How cool to run in a thunderstorm and it goes without saying in Hawaii.
 

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Great job Ramsey! Sounds like you're ready for the big day in December. It's great to take away a few lessons from each race and this series sounds perfect for just that. Keep up the awesome work!<br><br>
p.s. shirtless race pictures are always appreciated. Just sayin'<br><br><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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<b>Ramsey</b> - it sounds like you've been training just fine for yourself judging by that finishing time (I'd take that time in a heartbeat <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy"> ). I'd say you're well on your way to having a nice Honolulu Marathon - big time congrats!
 

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I think every race I toe the line with some doubts! And I think you actually a little better than 8:40 pace, if I'm not mistaken. Excellent effort, though, and big ups on the PR!
 

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Nice job Ramsey. It seems like you're right on track to rock the Honolulu Mary.
 

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1!!!<br><br>
Great race, <b>Ramsey</b>!! Can't wait to hear about similar success after your full!
 

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Wow! Great job. Sounds like you're right on track. You marathon debut is going to be great. Good training pays of again. Congrats!
 

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<span style="font-size:xx-large;"><span style="color:#008000;">1!</span></span><br><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="color:#008000;">Great Job Ramsey!! Congrates! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/notworthy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="notworthy"></span></span>
 

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Good job on the Half, Ramsey!! I can't wait to read your full marathon report. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 
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