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Weston Half Marathon RR: Course PR! (Read 253 times)

Bad Ass

    Today, I ran the Weston Half Marathon in Weston, FL.  This is a very nice local race that has a great post-race party, which I didn't attend this year, doh!


    Anyway, after a horrible marathon last week, my recovery has been going well.  I had to take off from exercise until Wednesday, mainly because my throat was still swollen after that anaphylaxis/asthma attack during the marathon.  So I ran well this week but I didn't push it for fear that the allergy attack would come back.


    I woke up at 4:40am to get to Weston by 5:30am so I could do race day packet pickup (which around here is a rare treat).  After packet pickup, I went back to the car, drank my coffee and used the restrooms.  Temps were already 73F and humidity was at 71 dewpoint (97% humidity).  At the finish, it was 76F and 93%.  Bah.


    Here is a picture of me and my running group friends before the race.  The one to my left finished second in his AG and my other friend was Top10 when I saw him last.




    My plan was to take this HM easy.  After all, I just did a marathon and I had no plans to race this all out.  But I also didn't want to run it at easy pace.  So, my plan was to run by effort but no faster than HMP.


    We started at 6:20am and I was soaked within 5 minutes.  The temps still felt cool but I knew the humidity was high.  I had decided not to use albuterol at the start nor during the race.  In fact, I left the albuterol in my car.  If needed, I could walk to prevent an attack.  My plan was to see if I could race without albuterol.  Today showed that I could.


    Miles 1-6:  These miles went great.  The sun was coming out so the sun was not an issue yet (which was later).  I was running these at MP-HMP heart rate and doing low 9s.  I knew I will have to slow down later but I wanted to take advantage of the fact that there was no sun.


    Miles 7-10:  As the sun was already out and high in the sky, I slowed down to mid 9s.  Two of the miles were at 10:22 solely because I started walking the water stations and I had to fix the sock because my toe was bothering me a bit.  Still doing a great pace and feeling fine.


    Miles 11-13:  This is where the marathon last week came back to let me know I was tired.  Like I said, I was fine with the slow down because I wanted to do this race easy, but I was still doing a good pace.  Miles 11 and 12 were a bit slower, but I had to stop to use the restroom and it was smack in the middle of these two miles so both appear to be slow but I was not.


    I finished 2:08:54, which is a 7 minute course PR and my second fastest HM this season.  The good thing is that this felt too easy, even without albuterol and even with the marathon last week.


    The best part was my outfit.  Here are my socks.  Very appropriate, no?




    "The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire."

    It's always fucking hot in Miami! (except for 3 days of the year)


    Team TJ

      Nice job, Damaris!  Love the socks.

      Running for TJ because he can't.


      Bin Running

        Good job, Damaris. Loved the socks!

        2015 Races

        2XU HM - 29 Mar


          Congratulations on the course PR! You really are bad ass for wearing socks like that! Big grin

          PRs: Boston Marathon, 3:27, April 15th 2013

                  Cornwall Half-Marathon, 1:35, April 27th 2013

          18 marathons, 18 BQs since 2010

            Course PRs are always nice.  What do you think you could do if you focused on a HM?

            Short term goal: 17:59 5K

            Mid term goal:  2:54:59 marathon

            Long term goal: To say I've been a runner half my life.  (I started running at age 45).


            Smaller By The Day

              Those socks are perfect!  Congrats on the PR.


              Weight 100 pounds lost

              5K 31:02 Sept. 2012 / 23:36 Sept. 2013 (Same Course)

              10K 48:59 April 2013

              HM 2:03:56 Nov. 2012 / 1:46:50 March 2013

              MARATHON 3:57:33 Nov. 2013


              I AM running!!!

                You go girl! Love the socks!

                The mircle isn't that I finished. The mircle is that I had the courage to start.

                ~ John Bingham


                Fitness Jogger

                  Great run especially with that humidity!  Love the socks!


                    Congratulations on the course PR. Smile


                    Barking Mad To Run

                      Nice socks.  You should get a pair of shorts with that log on the back of them. Big grin


                      Congrats on your race and the course PR for you!

                      "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." Theodore Roosevelt

                      Bad Ass

                        Course PRs are always nice.  What do you think you could do if you focused on a HM?


                        Oh, I suspect my speed is closer to 1:52 if I train for one.  However, I don't see myself training for one any time soon (and looking at the number of 2013 marathons I have, 2013 won't be it either). Big grin


                        Thanks, guys.  I was not even expecting anything less than 2:10 today so it was nice to have finished faster than that even with the stops.



                        "The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire."

                        It's always fucking hot in Miami! (except for 3 days of the year)


                        Go figure

                          So nice to see you have a much happier race experience, D.  Being able to go through the whole race without your inhaler seems like a very big accomplishment at this point.  Your ability to always get back out there, regardless of what went wrong the last time, really impresses me.  To most people I'd be saying, "way to finish out your race year."  With you, I know better - you probably have 12 more races in 2012!  Crazy girl.

                          Trying to find some more hay to restock the barn

                            Wow, so cool that they make personalized socks with your middle name on them!


                            I know at school when one of our kids is having an asthma attack, one of the best things we can do for them is to help them relax and stay calm.  I wonder if by telling yourself that you're running this one easy and have no expectations if that also helps avoid an asthma trigger?


                            In any case, congrats on what sounds like a super race!

                            Hey Doc

                            Feets don't fail me now

                              Damaris - that's terrific, congrats on the course PR!  Love the socks.


                              Question though, from a fellow asthma sufferer.  Why not  use the albuterol pre race?  I don't understand the philosophy behind not using it.   And the thought of embarking on any run (let alone a race) without it scares the ever loving daylights out of me, having had some extremely close calls.   


                                Wow, I missed the race report about the marathon and asthma attack. I'm so impressed that you still went for this hm, and got a course PR to boot! You seriously are a Bad Ass, D.

                                Running for two!

                                Pre-Preggo PRs--5k 23:00, 10k 49:07, HM 1:57:40

                                Post-Preggo PRs--5k TBD, 10k 54:45, HM 2:28:05