Shamrock Half Marathon (1:25.29)

Shamrock half marathon in summary can be known as all of the following races (for me).

The race with the most friends.

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The race with the most side fives.

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Side fives for everyone!

The race where one of my best friends depanced me and I made it to the start with one minute to go.

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The race that I zoned out the most.  Was this really a half marathon, I don’t remember? 

I think those are all of the one line summaries I can think of.

Let’s get to the actual race recap though.  Due to my phone deleting about 90% of my entire iphone photos and contents I have to rely on other people’s photos.  (I’m still trying to figure out what is going on with that). Thank goodness there are a few.

I got to the race an hour before the start.  While walking to the starting line I was trying to connect with one of my best friends Theresa.  I finally met her at the baggage check and starting line.  I was lucky she stood in line for the porta potty with me.  At exact 6:55 am I realized that there was no way I would make it to the front of the line before 7 nor would I make it to the start before the gun went off.  I still had all my clothes on and was 9 people in front of me in line.

Thank you to the very kind lady who let me quickly go to the front of the line and use the restroom.  I hope I can find out who it was and personally thank you, it was so nice! I will not be able to thank you enough and I hope we are able to connect at some point.  While standing in line, Theresa quickly de-panced me and with my runderwear ready I hopped the fence and was there approximately one minute (if that) before the race went off  (that sounds like an epic youtube video).  It gave me hope that maybe I could be hurdler without breaking something.

I began running with Mike.  (someone I normally run the majority of VA Beach races with…he is slightly faster than me).  We caught up on life and just chatted for a mile or so.  We logged the first mile at 6:40.  I wasn’t feeling great but not awful either.

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Mike and I post race.

Mile 2-3 were somewhat blurry and I logged a 6:27 and 6:31 mile.  I chatted with a few racers, sponged off the energy of the crowd and just kept running.  I was able to chat with someone who said they knew me from the internet.  She later (I believe please let me know!!  went to break 1:25.).

Oh look friends!
Oh look friends!

All of a sudden I looked down realized we were at mile 5.  (This never happens and half marathons are normally a mile by mile race for me).  I hit mile 5 at 32:40.  From mile 4-6 there is a gradual uphill.  Nothing crazy but it’s a slight uphill.  I honestly wish I had something exciting or eventful to report but I don’t.  Both miles were 6:27.  I chatted on and off with fellow runners around me.

Mile 7-10 were on the base.  I was running with a pack of people (both male and female) and together we were like a cluster of wind blockers.  It was windy on that stretch.  (But to be fair we had a tailwind at the start).  I found the race to be windy but nowhere near as much as last year.  It wasn’t too bad.

I hit mile 10 at 1:05.15.  I changed my goal to breaking 1:26 at that point.  I didn’t really do any calculations, I just thought that seemed like a good goal.  I really struggled the final 3 miles.  I didn’t feel great and I just wanted it to be over.  I don’t really have a sappy story about how I overcome the difficulties but I just kept counting down the minutes.  Tick tick tick.  (Photo credit thanks to Amelia)

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Mile 11 tick tick tick. 6:31  Hitting mile 11 is my favorite because I know I have less than 15 minutes to go.  In some home workout DVD or P90X I did they say “You can do anything for 15 minutes).  It’s always stuck.

Mile 12 tick tick tick. 6:31

No really...side fives for everyone.
No really…side fives for everyone.

I began to see some Oiselle teammates at 12.5 that really lifted my spirits.  I was able to capture some side fives and then just focused on the last half mile.  One woman passed me in the final home stretch.

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I always hate the last .3  of shamrock because it’s on the boardwalk and you can see the finish line is about .3.  It’s a solid 2-3 minutes staring at the finish line.  I saw Mollie, my dad and then crossed the finish line.

 

Finish line yet?
Finish line yet?

I crossed at 21st woman and 100th overall.  After I finished this race I felt okay.  (After I finished Lake Effect I thought I might peel over).

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Though I went the same time as the Lake Effect, this race was different on many different levels (indicating I’m making progress).

  1. At Lake Effect, I felt amazing.  I felt great the entire race.  At Shamrock I didn’t feel great.  At all.
  2. At Lake Effect my mile splits bounced around from 6:15 to 6:40.  At Shamrock my mile splits stayed very consistent between 6:27-6:29 (except for the first mile).

Similarities: Both were windy but not awful.  The race conditions were not bad in either race.  Lake Effect was little more flat, a little long of a course but Shamrock was a little more hilly and windy.

In summary I am happy with a consistent half marathon time.  Everyone wants a PR but it was not my day.  I know my fitness level is a bit faster than this right now so we shall see next time.  I’m happy with this time and happy with the friends and family I saw (and wish I had gotten to see more people).  Thank you everyone for your support.

Edit to add:  I received an email with the official time saying I finished in 1:25.29…so 2 seconds faster than Lake Effect.

Questions for you:

1.       Have you ever run the same time before?

2.       Do you like out and back courses or big loop courses?