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Blue and gray half race report (Read 198 times)

    My goal race for the year was yesterday, however because im a dipshit i forgot to sign up for it and it sold out. So I signed up for the blue and gray half marathon in Fredricksburg VA a few days ago and was only $50.00! I packed up my girlfriend and the kids and made a 3 day weekend out of, it and we all had a blast, even went to the Smithsonian Air and space museum in Virginia to see the space shuttle and it was awesome! Picked up packet on Saturday afternoon at the running store and was no problem, was surprised to get a Nike dri fit long sleeve shirt with no advertising on the back, just small logo for race on the front. Sunday morning temps were in low 50s and 100% humidty type fog. Did a 2 mile warm up and a few strides, lined up and we were off. My original plan if all the stars aligned on a flat course (which I forgot to sign up for) was sub1:50. I really knew nothing about this course exccept that the description of it as kinda flat with 3 hills of about 40 feet (it's an out and back course so that would be 6 hills) and what they called hospital hill at the end with 200 feet gain. So with the fog and and being worried about the hills at the end I planned to keep pace between 8:20-8:30, which is about where I stayed for the most part (lost time twice when I had to stop and loosen up shoe because my Morton's neuroma was really flaring up). The course started out on some roads, then went down some steps (yes steps) to a trail along a river for a bit, back to roads and the on to some stone paths for a little around a college I think. Felt good for the most part the whole race but I was still worried about the "hospital hill" at the end so not pushing 100% yet. The miles flew bye, some times I was chatting away and other times I was in the zone ( and im one of them weird people who thank all the volunteers) before I knew it I was back at the steps (which means the last 2 miles were the hills) and they weren't bad at all, slowed down a little and passed people going up the hills and they weren't even that bad. Around a corner and did a half mile sprint to the finish with time of 1:53:39 and 220 out of 669 overall. I'm very happy with the results, was about a 5 minute PR from a flat half I did in September. I did the Ryan Hall half plan for this race and highly recomend it for anybody. I'd like to thank the the race people and all the volunteers who did a great job. Only problem I had was on the 4 hour drive home with sciatic nerve that was not very happy with me, but overall was a awesome weekend!

      What a great race, Run Muppy!  Thank goodness you found a back-up race to run, and look how well you did: a 5 minute PR????  WOOT!  That's huge!!!!  Congratulations, my fellow Pavement Pounder - you've got some speed there!!!!

        My guess is that if you ran a race that didn't sell out, you probably had a better race day experience.  I'm not a fan of the huge races personally.  A PR is always a good thing.

        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).


        Jess runs for bacon

          Glad to hear it went well! I wish I had thought about doing this race, it's not too terribly far from me and sounds like it was fun! Couldn't beat that weather for December. Congrats on the PR!!!!



            What a nice report!  Congratulations on the new PR.  Can't believe you trained for a race & forgot to sign up for it, but wow, you sure made up for it.  Glad you found this race, and did so well.  Hope you're recuperating well.  (and I'm one of those weirdos who thank the volunteers, too.  I think it's awesome that they give of their time, so that we may have these moments.)


            "We do not become the people who this world needs simply by turning our backs on anyone we don’t like, trust, or deem healthy enough to be in our presence. "  ---- Shasta Nelson

              Great job on the PR. I'm glad it went well. I really want to run this next year. Smile

              5k - 25:15 (11/18/12)

              10k - 1:01:51 (2/14/15)

              10mi - 1:33:18 (3/2/14)

              HM - 2:06:12 (3/24/13)


              Upcoming Races:

              Benched until further notice. :/


              Everything you need is already inside. [[Bill Bowerman]]


              Chasing Muses

                Great job! Glad Hospital Hill wasn't too much trouble for you. I ran this the past 2 years, but skipped it this year. For some reason, I just found it kind of boring but maybe it's just the blahs of December that make it seem that way. The part of the course just after the stairs (or before on your way back) is the canal that was part of the Union Army's approach when they captured Fredericksburg. Come back in the Spring for the Marine Corps Historic Half. It starts and ends at around the same place as the BG, but the course is a little more interesting.

                Bad Ass

                  Congrats.  Great job!


                  Sounds like a fun event too.  I think you got lucky in choosing this one as Alternative # 2.  Glad it worked out.



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

                  It's always fucking hot in Miami!


                    Very nice job!  Congrats on the pr!


                      Great race, and fabulous new PR!!  Congrats!

                      But The Smile That I Sent Out Returned With You.


                        Great race -- congrats on the new PR! I've done the 5K twice but never the half, and wasn't able to do either this year. Hubby's a reenactor, so I spent most of my weekend in town attending the events. You should definitely come back for the Historic Half in May!

                        Barking Mad To Run

                          Wow, nice, a PR on this course over the flat one you did earlier, great progress in your running!  Congrats on your half and the PR!

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