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Bill Seymour Half Marathon

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Post  Peg Coover Sun Sep 04, 2011 10:34 am

Hey all.

It was a good race! No PR but I gave it a shot and didn't cause myself
any harm! I think the humidity held me up a little, and also, my
Garmin read most of the miles a little long rather than right at 1.00
and only one mile it read a 0.99. So when it said I was doing 8:52
pace for a lap/mile , the pace was deceiving, for example that 8:52 was
actually a 9:03. That happened several times throughout the race and
those seconds are going to add up!

The day started 97% humidity and 64. My alarm didn't go off (I ended
up pulling the battery on my blackberry later and that fixed it) but holy
crap! It's a runner's nightmare, right? Luckily, I was giving my
friends a ride and they were doing lead bikes so when they were pumping
up their tires they blew one. So they called me to see if we had a
tube and I was dead to the world asleep! I was supposed to be at their
house in five minutes and I was asleep! OMG! I had everything laid
out and just got dressed and flew out the door. I didn't get to do my
normal morning routine but there was no choice! We were only 8 minutes
behind when we had wanted to leave...so it worked out ok.

As soon as I parked I got out and turned on the Garmin, then grabbed my
glide and ran to stand in line at the porta potties. When I got done with
that I had 10 minutes to spare so I jogged back to the car to get the
watch and another sip of water. The race started at 7:00, but by the
time the gun went off it was 7:05.

The wind picked up sooner than the weather channel had said last night
and it was NE. We had it at our sides for a while, then behind us for
awhile. It was pretty stiff, and I was worried about the second half.

Mile one was pretty slow and crowded. We start on the street for a
half mile then it turns into the bike path, so it does get crowded.
Sharon, who I work with, and Tanya, who lives in my town, were both
quite a ways ahead of me and got a little further away for miles 2 and
3. I told myself to just run my race and not worry about them! I was
feeling good and comfortable and my expectations were to try to get
under 2 but only if it felt easy to do so. The first three miles were
9:34, 9:27, 9:18.

I passed Tanya around mile 3 and then Dale, another friend, went by me.
I said something to him and we chatted for awhile, which I hate to do
in a race or even training run! I told him I had to quit talking! He
went on ahead of me then. I caught up with Sharon in mile 5, she was
struggling and said she felt dizzy. I was feeling pretty good. I was
taking a little water at each stop but did a gel and more water just
before mile 5. Next three miles were 9:14, 9:21, 9:07.

The lead runners were on their way back when I was in mile 6. Gary was
on the bike and said hi, nice pace. Then I started seeing some other
people I know. Kaci, a former student, was the first woman--she ended
up beating her own course record! I saw Chris, Brian, Lori, Lori,
Jeremy, Roger, Joe and Darla. We turned east and had a little wind to deal
with. I forgot to check the half way time. I felt good at the turn
around and saw the people who were behind me. Patti, a friend, was
just a little ways back, then Tanya, both looked good. Sharon had her
head down--not feeling good I could tell, then came Staci, Tonya, and
Amber. It's fun to see everyone on the out and back courses!

I was picking up the pace after the turn around. I decided to try
harder at least until we hit the north wind again on the way back.
Next three miles were 9:12, 9:03, 9:00.

Well, the wind completely died and it was pretty hot and humid, but I was glad I wasn't running into wind. I
caught Joe in mile 10 and was closing in on Dale. I walked for the
first time at the water stop right before the mile marker for ten and
took another gel. I caught Dale in mile 11 and passed quite a few more
too. It started to pour rain then too. I was already soaked from
sweat so it didn't matter, but I could feel my shoes were just wet and
heavy! The last half mile was into the wind (it had shifted and
picked back up!) I didn't have much to give at the end and also didn't
want to risk an injury knowing I wasn't going to be under two hours. A woman
passed me wearing those white Keds type shoes and I was thinking, no
way! I ended up passing her in the last quarter mile, but I think she
was an age group up. The last four miles were 9:35, 9:20, 9:30, and
9:19.

Overall time was 2:01:57, my second best half time. I was pretty happy
with it. I honestly don't feel like I would have been able to PR
today--I didn't specifically train for a half--no speed work--and it is
sandwiched between two 20 milers so I'm not sure my body was capable of
delivering a PR and all the other miles, nor should I probably ask it
to...but come marathon time, I'm going to have to remember to be
mentally tough and go for the PR there!

The first 6 miles were 56:01 and the last 6 were 55:47 so I think that's good.

Thanks for reading!

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Post  Michele "1L" Keane Sun Sep 04, 2011 11:54 am

Congrats on a nice run, Pewg. 2nd fastest time ever and your report sounds like you ran that easily - yeah!!
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Post  Julie Sun Sep 04, 2011 12:19 pm

Congrats! I would freak out about the alarm. I don't even want to start having marathon wake up dreams.
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Post  Michael Enright Sun Sep 04, 2011 12:31 pm

Peg, nice run, especially considering all the calamities. Humid, windy, rain, and throw in a bad alarm clock - you gotta love that you still did as well as you did, and ran a smart race to boot.
I love the keds story! I'm glad you took her down...
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Post  jon c Sun Sep 04, 2011 12:53 pm

Congrats on your race Peg! You did well despite the late wakeup! That's always been a concern for me too. I've never had it actually happen quite like that, but still you overcame it.



Glad you ended up with your second fastest even in the midst of a heavy training regimen. The weather is finally so much better today!



Did having the state fair going on effect the race at all? When I ran it, the state fair was still in Lincoln.
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Post  dot520 Sun Sep 04, 2011 4:54 pm

Good one, Peg! The humidity can be a killer even when the temps are lower. Sounds like you ran a smart race.



About the mileage...it's really rare to find all the mile markers at exactly 1.0 and it's usually the case that if you want to run an x:xx min/mile, you have to actually plan on being faster by 5-10 seconds per mile to do it.



Congrats
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Post  Jim Lentz Sun Sep 04, 2011 10:32 pm

Great job on the half, Peg!
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Post  Seth Harrison Sun Sep 04, 2011 10:39 pm

That was a really good HM Peg, especially with the late wake-up and the high humidity.
Here we are spending all this money on our fancy running shoes and that woman in the Keds is right there at the end. One can only hope that her feet are really, really sore after the race! Twisted Evil
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Post  Jeff F Mon Sep 05, 2011 8:32 am

Nice job! I like the running outfit...Go Huskers!
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Post  John Kilpatrick Mon Sep 05, 2011 9:57 am

Congrats on the race! That was a fast time considering where you are at in your training. Should give you a lot of confidence going forward.

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Post  Dave-O Mon Sep 05, 2011 1:03 pm

High humidity; no taper; sandwhiched between two 20's...yeah that's not a recipe for a PR, and yet you ran strong. Defniitely a good sign.
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Post  JohnP Mon Sep 05, 2011 2:57 pm

Nice going, Peg, second fastest half time! That story about the morning was funny, good thing they called.
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