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Cayman Half Marathon report

Saturday, December 12, 2009

3 am came bright and early, well not so bright really, still pitch black LOL. We drove from one end of the island to the other as the race was starting at 5am. It was already 82 degrees. There was a funny dog who chased the Jeep going through Bodden Town. The dogs in Grand Cayman look really wild, sort of like hyenas LOL. All we could hear were roosters crowing, and dogs barking........
We got to the race site, not many people around, and kept hydrating, already I was sweating. Deciding to visit the portaloos I had heard so much about, I must say I was impressed. Laminate flooring, full wash hand basin, towels, soap, LOL.......only thing was the light wouldnt work so we were all trying to hold the doors open to see LOL
We met up with another couple from Virginia Beach and soon we were lining up. Off we went, and I ran with Carol for about 5 miles, but I was soon needing to walk. I just felt like I was going backwards in the heat, running 9 min miles just seemed impossible. I saw Steve and he looked good, and carried on. I enjoyed the water stops, especially the one called Slumdog Millionaire of course full of nice Indian people. I shouted Namaste Namaste as they gave me gatorade and they were so excited to hear it, and all shouted back at me. Roosters were still crowing in the dark, but the sun was starting to peek out. By mile 10 I met up with a guy from Boston called Troy, who had left the snow and flown in the night before, so we kept each other going, albeit slowly, enjoying the gorgeous houses, along the South Sound. It was so weird also to see Christmas lights up in this stifling heat.
We then started to come back into town, and I had just seen Steve, who still looked good, and asked me how many were ahead of him. I said 4, and I thought, well he must be feeling good and be trying to speed up.
It was pure sunshine by this time, and coming through the town was great, horns beeping, great Caymanians shouting and cheering........I was so glad to finish, and got my nice medal, and a freezing cold bottle of gatorade and some canteloupe. They also had watermelon, bananas, oreos, fig newtons, really nice volunteers to help you get what you needed.
I picked up my bag from bag check, and put on my Vibrams and went to wait for Steve who I thought would be top 3. I didnt have my camera out, so when they started shouting and cheering and said here comes the winner, I about fell over to see it was Steve, running beside the motorcycle, fist up, pumping the air, smiling like crazy.I fumbled and bumbled, started to cry, couldnt stop shaking and took a pic of his feet as he crossed the line LOL
Luckily the rest is history and he got some great pics of himself and video too , no thanks to me LOL
I also forgot to mention that when you arrive in Grand Cayman at the airport, the runners get their own immigration line, and also a goodie bag with rum cake when you get outside to pick up your rental car, a very nice personal touch.
We will of course be going back next year, and I would highly recommend this race to anyone. It is small, but you get lots of personal touches which are sometimes lost in a huge race.

  
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COOPSM 12/13/2009 5:29PM

    Ally---loved this...I can only imagine how you felt when you saw him coming, trying to find your camera.....congrats again!!! Nice portaloos huh??


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RHYNIC 12/12/2009 8:01PM

    well done Ally.

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TAMTAM64 12/12/2009 6:53PM

    I how wonderful that Steve won! It sounds like a fun race to do. We have all got to make plans to meet there & run this one. I guess running in the LA heat will be good training for this race... :)

Tammy

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Richmond Marathon DONE!!!!

Monday, November 16, 2009



I had a really good race, despite some funny things happening......
All went well with the expo/packet pick-up/eating out night before and sleep. I checked my garmin in its cradle and it said Battery charging complete......got up in the morning, walking to race start, garmin is DEAD. It wont even switch on..........then I see the 4:15 pacer and he is dressed as a clown, and everyone who knows me knows I am deathly afraid of clowns and midgets hehehe...so I am thinking ok, things happen in 3`s what next???.so anyway, Steve offered me his garmin and I of course said no, I will just go by the clocks.......well hahaha off we go and there are no clocks till the half way point and 20 mile and finish, I just tried to stay behind the clown LOL. I could see his crazy wig bobbing along in front of me .LOL
I got to the half in 2:08 something with a bathroom break and it was really a nice course. No issues with wind, hills, weather, I felt good, just tried to stay ticking along. By mile 17 I was starting to get tired, and this I know is due to a lack of long runs, which is soon to be rectified..........I had my 4 gels by mile 22, felt ok again, and got ready for the downhill finish, having no clue what the clock would say........hoping it would be under 4:30 and I could break the curse of the last 7 or so , always being 4:30 or over.......(Ironman doesnt count) LOL, and that actually was 5:30 LOL
So I heard Steve shouting for me while we were all tearing down the hill to the finish, quads saying "What the hell you playing at?? ", and then I saw the clock saying 4:26 something. I was so happy. Official finish time is 4:25:17, my 2nd fastest marathon. I feel good today, not too sore at all, and despite not getting 4:15, I am still happy because I couldnt run for 4 months earlier in the year, and never even thought I could get my mileage up to running another marathon ever again.
We went out to dinner at night and Bart Yasso and Amby Burfoot were at the next table...............very cool !!!
Then the 3rd thing happened, we got back to the hotel and turned on the telly, and The Wizard of Oz was on with the midgets LOL LOL
I am also really happy Steve broke 3 hrs again............amazing really........and he got to run with some really cool people, one of whom was Matt Lofton.........who I was sorry I didnt get a chance to meet...........also well done to Jeanne for an amazingly fast time !!!
Thanks to all DM folks who thought about us, supported us,it really makes a huge difference.

I am now contemplating running Shamrock again........I am not satisfied and I know that if Steve trains me I can go faster............BUT I will take a couple of days off LOL

  
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JENARAGON 11/16/2009 2:58PM

    Way to go sounds like you had a great race despite some early potential problems. Awesome job!!

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EDGEOFSANITY 11/16/2009 11:54AM

    WTG on your race!

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COOPSM 11/16/2009 11:45AM

    Ally---you had an awesome race....maybe you need a clown pacer for the next?? When I saw there was a clown pacer..I gasped...glad it all worked out!!!

Congrats on a great race!!!

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1972ROSES 11/16/2009 11:02AM

    Wow! Great job! Don't ever let those clowns... I mean, turkeys get you down.

Good luck on the training.

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RHYNIC 11/16/2009 10:57AM

    Ally - congratulations on a great run. You (and of course Steve) did awesome. A couple days off sounds like a great plan. :-) gail

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JEM0622 11/16/2009 10:12AM

    Way to go on your marathon! Woo hoo! Sorry about the freaky people! ~Julie

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TAMTAM64 11/16/2009 9:58AM

    I hate the Wizard of the Oz - all those flying monkeys gave me the willies as a child. And I don't like clowns either... :) I can see that Jeri feels the same way.

What a great race for you! You can't go wrong with Steve training you to be faster - lol. Can't wait to see what your new PR will be at the Shamrock Marathon...

Tammy


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JERIBERI1 11/16/2009 9:53AM

    Woooo Hoooooo Ally!!!!! That is so bizarre with the clown!! I don't like clowns, either. They are creepy!!!

As for the Wizard of Oz, I find the Flying Monkeys to be the creepiest of all!

You are going to FLY through the Shamrock Marathon! Go Ally -- You're a Rock Star!!

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Back running !!!!

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Ok so I have now run 4 times in 8 days, just 2 miles, and it feels so good to be back running. I feel a bit paranoid every time I start, waiting for my foot to hurt but I reckon that will go away in time................I am hoping to just continue to build up my mileage slowly........

It feels strange not having done a marathon tbis year at all............I broke my 9 year streak............

  
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RHYNIC 11/10/2008 7:09PM

    you broke a 9 year marathon streak...oh, that's to bad. Well, it's not all bad...now you have a new PB to set...10 marathon. :-) Ally, it's great to hear your foot is getting better and your running is going well. Keep it up, keep taking good care of yourself. gail

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MRI results are in

Monday, October 06, 2008

Well, I had an MRI on Friday, and the test results are back........No stress fracture, but I do have acute tendonitis, and bursitis.........so I will take another 2 weeks off running, and see what happens then....maybe I can muddle through the Richmond Half.....

Tonights workout was a Spinervals Zoot Challenge bike workout, 45 mins of fun, I really enjoyed it................

I also got an aquajogger so I plan on going to the pool on Wednesday or Thursday......

Ally

  


Foot update

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Ok, here goes........

X ray was clear, but tendonitis is the culprit........SO I have been given a prescription of an anti inflammatory cream so I dont have to keep taking tons of Ibuprofen...............and I am supposed to rest................I have also been advised not to run Richmond Marathon, but I can probably do the half if I rest for a bit..............my foot was feeling ok, but I am bummed now...............the doc is right tho, it will just keep flaring up if I run 16 on Sunday, keep on stressing it..................so there ya go.....it isnt life or death and I will just have to put my big girl panties on and get over it LOL

In the meantime I will cheer all of you on with your endeavours, and wish all the best for the first time marathoners..............I will live to fight another day hahahaa

ally

  
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UNEEKNITTER 9/18/2008 2:57PM

    Bummer about the race. :( But hope you get better soon!!

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RHYNIC 9/18/2008 12:13PM

    OH that sucks. I was so looking forward to hearing about all your long runs, since they are very similar to mind...but like Beth said, it's great that you are listening to dr's orders. rest and get well soon. gail

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COOPSM 9/18/2008 11:30AM

    Ally---sorry about your marathon, but happy to hear that you are listening to the doctors advice.....

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