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St Luke's Half RR - PR!! (Read 79 times)

lilac_jive


Jess runs for bacon

    Warning: I am writing this on my ipad so beware of typos. My net book is all the way on the other side of the bed, ugh.

     

    as some of you know, I've been struggling the past few n months with ITBS. After therapy and new shoes it finally cleared up, but now I've been dealiing with shin and calf issues. I registered for this race months ago, and even though my longest run since March was 10k I wanted to at least try.

     

    At the expo I ran into April, talked to Mark Remy from RW, and bought a bunch of stuff. Also talked to Budd Coates from RW and grabbed his new book, which looks cool. FYI I think he finished 5th, which at age 58 and in a field of 4k runners, I think that is incredible.

     

    went to bed last night and prayed to the race gods that my body would cooperate. Woke up early and grabbed my traditional iced coffee and a muffin, which I didn't eat due to a portopotty mishap. Met up with my local running group, we were easy to spot since we were all wearing matching yellow shirts. I also got to meet Philliefan, and if you are reading this I hope your first half went well! Talked to the 2:30 pace leader, who is also in our club and I was planning to run with her.

     

    At 8:10 we were off! Temp was 60-70 during the race, can't beat that! I had warmers but took them off last minute, which was a good choice. The first few miles were downhill, which I think really helped with my calves, and staying with the pace group my shins were ok because I wasn't obver doing it. For a few miles we were on one side of the road passing the faster runners, which was awesome because we kept cheering on our other club members and vice versa.

     

    i was feeling great until the halfway mark. My pace leader planned to run through the water stops so about a 1/2 mile before each (usually on a downhill) I'd speed up a bit so I could walk those. we entered Lehigh parkway, going from road to cinders and I started to flag. We did get to go back on pavement a bit, but even though I knew where the next water stop was I sped up to early. I caught up with the group right after the stop but dropped them again after a 1/4 mile. I started to walk and felt pretty dizzy. I was worried that I'd have to DNF. Instead I took it easy, then would start running slowly then pick it back up to goal pace. I did this for the rest of the course.

     

    Finally I could see the finish. There are drums right before the stadium and a little hill you run up. April, who had already finished, and diaisymae, who ran the 5k, kindly escorted me up that little hill (thank you guys!!). Then it was on the track for a 3/4 loop, which felt glorious on my legs. I ran right to the camera with a smile and picking my legs up a bit, still waiting for that floater, hopefully I got one. Looked at my watch, 2:42! My first and best half time was RW, 2:46. it wasn't the 2:30 I was hoping for, but I am quite happy considering my derailed training. I got lots of hugs from my group, which is always awesome, and we all met up at the local brewery for lunch. My hips felt really tight towards the end there, but that was it. No other major issues. Yay!

     

    This was a really awesome course with rolling hills and great crowd support. I can see why it sells out every year. I'll post some pics up later. Thanks for reading!

     

    www.backuprunner.net

      Congrats on the PR!

      workinprogress11


        Congratulations on your PR.  I'm sorry you were fighting dizziness.  I've been there, done that and it is not fun.  I bet there is a another great PR in your future.  Great job!

        lilac_jive


        Jess runs for bacon

          Congratulations on your PR.  I'm sorry you were fighting dizziness.  I've been there, done that and it is not fun.  I bet there is a another great PR in your future.  Great job!

           

          Thanks, I'm just glad it cleared up. No races scheduled, so I'm going to take it easy for a bit then build my base mileage. It will be a nice change after seven straight months of half marathons.

           

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          SheCan

            Congratulations to you on your PR!   Glad your ITBS is better.  Nice that you got to meet several people from RW and got to meet our Philliefan (jealous!)  Smart of you to pull back on the effort so that you could make it to the end!

            Cherie

                    Don’t work harder than you can breathe,
            and you’ll never get out of breath.-- Johnny Nuguyen


            Just Keep "Tri" ing

              Awesome! I am really really happy for you! Great job!

              8  Marathons   26 Half Marathons  9 Duathlons  6 Triathlons

              Marathons in Canada/USA/Bermuda/Ireland  Next country - Austria Sept 2014

              Marathon 4:10:48 Half Marathon 1:57:44 10K 55:44 8k 42:27 5k 25:27

               

              kristin10185


              I race in SparkleSkirts

                So glad the race went well for you! Congrats on the PR! Awesome that you got to see so many other forumites there!!!

                PRs:   5K- 28:16 (5/5/13)      10K- 1:00:13 (10/27/13)    4M- 41:43 (9/7/13)   15K- 1:34:25  (8/17/13)    10M- 1:56:30 (4/6/14)     HM- 2:21:47 (10/12/13)

                 

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                lilac_jive


                Jess runs for bacon

                  Thanks everyone!

                   

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                  YAYpril - B-Plus

                    I am so proud of you. I was thrilled when I saw you with Gayle at the switchback because it meant you were doing great! I'm sorry about the dizziness but it did get pretty warm.

                     

                    Here's to mending and having some awesome races in the fall!!


                    Bad Ass

                      Congrats!  A PR after the injury and recovery is great.

                      Damaris, Marathon Maniac, Ultra Runner

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                      outoftheblue


                        Great job on the PR!

                        PRs:  5K (26:35); 10K (54:31); HM (2:00:05); FM (4:37:59)

                        lilac_jive


                        Jess runs for bacon

                          I am so proud of you. I was thrilled when I saw you with Gayle at the switchback because it meant you were doing great! I'm sorry about the dizziness but it did get pretty warm.

                           

                          Here's to mending and having some awesome races in the fall!!

                           

                          thanks! I was feeling so good then. I know now with some LRs that 11:30 pace is good. And again, thanks for running with me there for a bit. I owe ya one Smile

                           

                          www.backuprunner.net

                            Congrats on the PR

                            ”Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”

                            “Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.”

                             

                            Tomas

                            daisymae25


                            Squidward Bike Rider

                              Jess!!!  Congrats on the PR, despite all your issues!  I know that hill into the stadium is a bitch after 13 miles, so I wanted to make sure you made it up okay.  And yes, that track feels awesome after all that.  I am proud of you for pushing through, and you looked so happy.  I never would have guessed you had dizziness in the Parkway.  I remember looking at my watch and thinking you were going to make it under 2:45, and that is NOT an easy course to PR on!  Smile

                               

                              And, now, rest girl, rest!  And when you're ready build up that mileage slowly and concentrate on the short stuff for now to help gauge your progress.  Smile

                               

                              I gotta make it out to a BCR Saturday run soon.  Despite me not knowing anyone, the group of peeps I was standing with were really cool and so supportive of you and April and the rest of your group.  Very nice people.

                                Sometimes we don't get what we are hoping for.  When that happens, you have two choices.  Choice number one is to cash it in and jog it home.  Choice number two is to keep running as hard as you can and take what the day gives you.  Congrats on choosing the second.

                                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).

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