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emoticon ... Can't wait to read your blog now!

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4/12/11 10:54 A

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Congratulations! This is fabulous!!!!!! And hills can be killer....I live in East TN....so I know. LOL! Great job!

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What a great post, thanks so much for sharing! My first half is May 15 and I am so excited, and prepared to RUN the whole thing :). I live in a super hilly area, but the race course is downtown and much flatter, which will help.

I agree, the pre-race meal is a tricky thing to figure out.

I am so excited to be approaching the date...and will feel so good having a half under my belt, the first of many I hope!

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4/12/11 8:25 A

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Woohoo!! Congrats! I can't wait to read the blog!

I've got this.


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4/12/11 8:03 A

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Congratulations!

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You only fail when you stop trying.
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5 Mile Race PR: 44:36 (Dec. 2011)
10K PR - 58:03 (Oct. 09)
15K PR - 1:29:59 (Apr. 2011)
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4/12/11 8:01 A

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emoticon emoticon emoticon Great report...gotta go read the blog now! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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4/11/11 8:56 P

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COngrats! you make me so excited to do my first HM in May! Your enthusiasm is so contagious. :)

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4/11/11 7:57 P

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Congrats on your HM! I actually got a little teary-eyed about your sticking around to congratulate those that were on the hills with you, and then the others who finished after you (and all that other nice stuff) - what a great guy you are :)

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4/11/11 6:35 P

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Congratulations!!

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4/11/11 5:57 P

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Now that I got that race out of the way, I need to figure out a way to get some real hill training into my workouts because my next race will be flipped and have an 800 foot elevation gain for the FIRST 6 miles and then downhill the rest of the way. I want to make sure i'm ready for that hill because I want to hit the top with plenty of energy because I darn well plan to PR this time.
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60 degrees at midnight with no sun and a 7 mile downhill to the finish? I'm looking for some serious negative split action!


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4/11/11 3:02 P

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I was checking the race results, just now, and i noticed that the overall winner of the race was female and she won by over a minute! She did not run slow, either. Congrats to her! I've never seen a female overall winner of any co-ed race I've been in, so major kudos to her.

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4/11/11 2:54 P

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WTG on your 2nd HM. My first is 4/30 if I can get back to training this week. (ITBS). Agreed on the run-walkers. It is so deflating to repeatedly pass the same people. My last 10k there were 4 that were with me the entire time. I appreciate your comments regarding congratulating effort and cheering for people behind you. I'm going to make more of an effort to do that too.

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02/22/15 HM PR 1:59:30
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4/11/11 1:37 P

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Congrats on your second half! I hope to read your race report sometime today.

LOL at number 2 and I hear ya on number 3. My recent race report is full of TMIs and I need to find a different pre-race meal myself.

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congrats

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4/11/11 1:01 P

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Congratulations.

Katrina
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4/11/11 12:50 P

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CONGRATS! Loved reading this! Now off to read your blog!

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4/11/11 12:46 P

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Finished my second half marathon this past weekend. Almost the whole second half of the race was uphill so my quads are burning and SUPER tight ever since I finished the race.

I posted a super long and detailed race report in my blog (i even left stuff out!): www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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But, here are a few observations I didn't include in my blog.

1) My legs were a little tired after i finished my first half marathon in Dec, but not like this. That race was flat and I could easily have been back to running within a couple of days. The long uphill in this race absolutely kicked my butt. I can barely walk up stairs and I wobble slightly on flat ground. I'm definitely taking at least a week off to recover! I'm really looking forward to the extra hour of sleep, too. :) I definitely need to get in some hill training before my next race.

2) No offense to anyone who follows the Galloway run-walk plan, or who walks during a race, but... I now hate running near run-walkers during my race!. :-P I passed a lot of walkers while running up the gigantic, torturous uphill in my race (and got passed by a few people, too - I'm no elite runner by any means). However, right around mile 7 - and shortly after the beginning of the uphill portion of my race - I started to pass a group of 5 girls who were walking. Suddenly, the alarm on their "leader's" watch went off and she says "let's go!" and they all took off running at a quicker pace than mine and disappeared off into the distance around the corner. Gah! I don't know if I passed them again or if they finished ahead of me or what, but my goodness if it isn't frustrating to nearly pass someone who seems to be struggling, only to have them shoot off like that. So, no offense to you or those girls - I know a lot of you can run just as fast or faster than me - but, gah! I don't want to run anywhere near you during a race. :)

3) I need to find a different pre-race meal that doesn't include cereal, even with soy milk. Without getting into anything overly TMI... Thank goodness for those porta-potties. Looks like I need to work on a BRAT-style pre-race diet!

4) After the race, I made sure to congratulate a least three people who ran near me for a significant portion of the uphill part of the race. They were definitely surprised, but I just hope I made them feel good that someone random noticed their efforts.

5) I also made sure I spent at least five minutes at the finish line cheering for more finishers. Being a perennial last or near last-place finisher in high school, I can tell you that being cheered on at the finish - especially when you're in the back - is such a great feeling; and I want pass that on.

6) I saw at least a handful of families cheering on their moms and dads at the finish line. I teared up at least a couple times while watching when someone's kids would join them for the last 20 meters of the race.

7) And finally, a big gigantic thank you to everyone here on SP who gave me support over the last month while I was feeling down about my training.

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