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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Tour De Ashland 1/2 Marathon Report

I signed up for this race last week on a whim. I was curious to see what I could do in a road marathon setting.  It's been years since I did a road 1/2 marathon.  I wasn't even sure about what to do.
I was hoping to do better than 2.30, and thought 2.15 would be a good goal, although my vague thought was 'run under 10 minute miles' and leave it at that.

I got lost on the way there, and arrived with 20 minutes to spare. I managed to get my registration packet, bib pinned on, found a almost unknown female restroom (I was going to pee between cars) and quickly ate a York Peppermint Patty as pre-race nutrition.

I walked across the timing mat, but in just a few minutes, or within a 1/2 mile, I was passing people.

In mile 2, a woman commented "that I have awesome calves".

I did not give her my URL so she could join lurker status but I was highly amused.

I was glad I had looked, briefly, over the elevation map so I had a vague idea of where the small hills were.

I was again amused when, running up these hills, that I was still running a 10.xx pace.

I ran through the 10K Marker in 62 minutes, that may be a PR for me.  (I think I have only ran one other 10K in my life though.)

Since this is a road race report, I will even present my splits:
10.34
10.17
9.45
9.40
9.28
10.15  took long sleeved shirt off, ran in running skirt and short sleeves
9.40
9.58
10.02
10.00
10.24
9.50
9.33

At mile 12, the Garmin beeped, and then it beeped again for the two hour mark, which I expected.  So I resolved just to try and hit my best time that I could.
The last mile is kind of an uphill.  I started reeling in runners.  I would focus on a feature, and then run to them, and then pass them.
About mile 12.5, the girl in the capris wearing a metallic "hula skirt" appeared on my radar. She was the next one in line, in fact the only one in line I could still catch.
I think we are going straight, but we turn left, into a stadium, and will run most of a lap on the track.

Hula Skirt is in front but I am closer.  It's less than one lap of a track to finish. She's still in front.
Do I want to catch her?

This was an email from the fall that I shared with Slim and Cam.  Am I competitive? I don't know. I am hardly ever in that position.

Well, here I was. Thoughts still going around my head, with less than 400 meters to go. Can I pass her? Do I want to pass her? Am I competitive?  What should I do?

As I hit the turn in the track, I thought "FUCKIT" I'm going for it.  I blew by her, I don't know if she even noticed (she had music on) and I sprinted for the finish.  I did not want to get embarrassingly passed back.  She did not respond, and I hit the finish line in a fine 2.11 finish!


I am pretty pleased with my performance. I have not run or raced a road 1/2 marathon since 2006.  It's good to have a benchmark on what I could do, on roads, if I wanted to.

I did take Recoverite right after the race and ate well (a venison hamburger!).  Sunday I will spend going north to a Christmas Party, so there is built in recovery from this effort.





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