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Jailbreak Half Marathon 2014

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Summary: Did great, no negative splits, great weather, ran as fast as I could and tried to hold on til the end. New Half Marathon PR 2:08. This run includes running up 1 side to the apex of a bridge at mile 6-7.
293 ft

2:08 9:46/mi
8/19 age group
Last year
2:15 10:20/mi
20/26 age group
Breakfast Gu Gel 15 minutes before race

1 9:40
2 9:03
3 9:19
4 9:28
5 9:33
6 10:00 bridge
7 10:00 bridge
8 9:30
9 9:47
10 10:08
11 10:19
12 10:48
13 10:29

Going up the bridge

Side view of the bridge

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FITVALGAL 2/25/2014 11:22AM

    Wow emoticon

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PUNCHILOUIE 2/17/2014 7:13PM

    Wow congratulations for the race and the improvement in your time! You must be very happy....all those endorphins working....have fun!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/17/2014 3:11PM

    Congratulations! Very nice improvement.

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MBTEPP 2/17/2014 9:58AM

    emoticon Great Race! Great Pace! Great Weather!

emoticon What an improvement!

emoticon On the PR!


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WILEE323 2/17/2014 9:13AM

    Great race! Congratulations!!

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RUN4FOOD 2/17/2014 7:50AM

    Congratulations on a great race and a great pace improvement.

Have the feeling as you continue to build your running base you'll continue to see pace improvement.

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SKIRNIR 2/16/2014 7:32PM

    Great job!

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SEABREEZE64 2/16/2014 6:55PM

    You did great!
A new PR and a very decent improvement - is it a 10% improvement. If I did my calculations right that is very, very good.

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CAMRY426 2/16/2014 6:38PM

  emoticon You are doing great

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2014 chevron houston marathon my first marathon

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Summary: The marathon did not go as well as I wanted but I am happy that I finished, that my family was there to watch, and that now that I have a knowledge of something to work from. I am comparing my previous 30k to this marathon

Breakfast: Gu Gel 15 min before race

mile 30 k marathon
1 10:23 10:23
2 10:54 10:22
3 10:51 10:20
4 11:08 10:28
5 10:48 10:26
6 10:59 10:30
7 10:44 10:15
8 10:41 10:16
9 10:20 10:22
10 10:32 10:21
11 10:22 10:17
12 10:11 10:16
13 10:02 10:19
14 10:11 10:58
15 9:53 10:34
16 9:50 11:32
17 9:30 14:39
18 9:28 15:03
19 9:10 14:56
20 16:16
21 18:45
22 25:15
23 12:02
24 17:06
25 17:48
26 11:20
27 10:45

3hr:12min 5hr:33min
18.61 mi 26.2 mi
10:20mi/min 12:42 per mile
t 32 c t 54 c
w 4 mph w 7 mph
humid 86% humid 100%

I started losing it during mile 16 but I finished. I couldn't eat any gu or Gatorade past mile 16. What I would change next time would be to start slower next time, perhaps start a larger breakfast before hand, and figure out what nutrition I want to take after mile 16. I would also add more hill work. I am happy with my time and will do it again next year.

My son at the expo.

and at the park next to the expo

and me at the finish line.

If you have any suggestions for what you nutrition you use during a marathon or prerace breakfast please let me know in the comments. Thanks for being patient in me putting this together. This was a great marathon for spectator support, and the first half of the course is covered by trees. It has only one hill. Elev gain per my garmin is
190 ft.

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    I think just the fact that you completed a marathon is great! I have noe suggestions for you only "attaboys"! Awesome!
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MBSHAZZER 2/6/2014 11:27AM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! No matter how well you prepare, it is rare for your first marathon to go perfectly. It's a new experience and there are many opportunities for things to go wrong. I had a horrendous time at the end of my first. As you log more miles and find out what works, it will become easier.

No advice on nutrition because as a small female, I have enough calories stored to get me through 26 miles with no additional fuel.

Hope the recovery is going well!

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SMITTY4RL 1/27/2014 8:24PM

    Great recap--I was wondering how the race went. Wowza, 100% humidity? Could that have zapped you in the middle? You know I'm in no place to offer any advice, though. I think finishing the thing is a huge accomplishment and I totally understand the desire to understand what happened, I would, too. Hope you can figure it out and glad you want to do it all over again! Nice pics, too!

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JACCYBER 1/27/2014 1:11AM

    Awesome effort all around! So far I have only completed my first HM on October 19th, 2013. I did my run on the weekend. Thru the week I added more foods with complex carbs to build enough reserve for the run. I ran an average pace of 11 minute miles. On mile 11 I started to feel hungry. Since it was my first HM I did not know really what to expect. I only brought two bottles of water along with me and no food. Next time I am going to bring some sort of food on the run...LOL not sure what yet. For my pre-race meal I make sure I eat plenty of carbs...oatmeal with raisins, banana, toast with butter or peanut butter. Then I wait one hour then do the pre race stretch, then run. I have noticed with me that if I run to soon after I eat it likes to try to come back up. I am training for my first Full marathon in 2015. This year my focus is on a Triathlon and my second HM. Keep up the great effort.

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SEABREEZE64 1/26/2014 12:05PM

    I have never tried a marathon. So the fact that you completed another is fantastic to me. I am still trying to have negative splits in a HM..... Starting off very, very slow is just so difficult.


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POSITIVE41 1/26/2014 7:45AM

    I am training for a 1/2 - can't even imagine tackling a full. Great job on finishing! It seems like with the longer distances you have to see how your body reacts and make adjustments, it's more about learning. I will apply your advice to my 1/2 in May. Start off slow.


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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/26/2014 7:24AM

    Can't offer advice since that distance is beyond me, but CONGRATULATIONS!
Amazing focus to finish strong.

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JUST_TRI_IT 1/26/2014 12:04AM

    emoticon Such an inspiration to see the focus to finish such a race. CONGRATULATIONS!

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PLMITCH 1/25/2014 11:02PM


Finishing is a BIG accomplishment at that distance!

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MAGGIENCALI 1/25/2014 9:44PM

    Congratulations on such amazing achievement! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MBTEPP 1/25/2014 9:41PM

    You crushed it! Congratulations!

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ROXYZMOM 1/25/2014 9:31PM

    OMG you did great! I cant even having enough balls to sign up and you finished!

you totally rock!

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PASTAFARIAN 1/25/2014 8:57PM

    During your training for the marathon, what were you typically eating before your long runs?

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PUNCHILOUIE 1/25/2014 6:19PM

    Congratulations! The team is very proud of you!

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AURORADAWN5 1/25/2014 5:46PM

    Congratulations. Finishing a marathon is something to be proud of ... and practice makes perfect so now you know what to work on for the next one. emoticon emoticon

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Chevron Houston Marathon Prerace blog

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Made it to the hotel. Got the race packet. Blitzed through the Expo - my toddler wasn't into it. Went to dinner and had some Salmon, mashed potatoes, fresh fruit and some fresh bread.

My plan for the race is to start slow at 11 min pace per mile and get faster. The race temp is supposed to start in the high 40s and end in the low 60s.

Because it will be warm I will wear a short sleeve performance shirt and shorts.

I have been hydrating, but will start with a 750 ml water bottle and fill up my hydration belt with full strength Gatorade which I will drink starting at mile 12.

Here is my pic prerace. We will see how I look after 26 miles.

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MBTEPP 1/24/2014 2:36PM

    It is exciting to finish your first of any race! Where's the race report blog? Do tell!

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RUN4FOOD 1/19/2014 12:53PM

    Sorry I missed you. Hope your run went well.

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PUNCHILOUIE 1/19/2014 12:27PM

    Have fun!
you must be running now! Nice day for running! I live also in the Houston area!

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MBSHAZZER 1/19/2014 9:03AM

    You are running right now; hope it's going GREAT!!!

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ROXYZMOM 1/19/2014 8:20AM

    Excellent! I hope you are enjoying your marathon this morning!

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SMITTY4RL 1/19/2014 8:15AM

    Good luck with the run!

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RUN4FOOD 1/19/2014 5:51AM

    Hope to see you at mile 24.
Thanks for the picture.
Have a great run.
Sounds like you're ready.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 1/19/2014 5:26AM

    Good luck - you will do well, I just know it!

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SEABREEZE64 1/19/2014 5:18AM

    Great plan!!! Looking good!!!! Can't wait to hear about this race experience.

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My wife is being discharged today 4-6 wk recovery at home

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Thanks for all the prayers she is being discharged. Will have 4-6 weeks of recovery and will go back to work.

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TRI_BABE 1/12/2014 6:51PM

    Hope she is doing well!

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PUNCHILOUIE 12/29/2013 2:09PM

    Happy to know she is back home. Great recovery time. Best wishes and prayers! emoticon

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FITVALGAL 12/27/2013 7:57PM

    So glad to hear your wife is on the mend! Happy Holidays!

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MOMMACASSEY 12/26/2013 10:02PM

    I hope her recovery goes well. I know it can be hard with little ones around, so I will keep y'all in my prayers!

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SEABREEZE64 12/26/2013 6:11AM

    Glad to hear your wife is home. Hoping recovery is quick!

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TXPATRIOT 12/26/2013 12:49AM

    Praying for her comfort and a quick recovery!

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MBTEPP 12/25/2013 11:43PM

    Keep the faith and your spirits up. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Be well.

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TRILLIUM22 12/25/2013 8:27PM

    Hope all goes well.

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SMITTY4RL 12/25/2013 7:53PM

    Hi and sorry that I'm late to this...and very sorry to hear that your wife has been ill. Prayers and good vibes being sent for a healthy and speedy recovery! Take care and I hope you're doing okay through all this, too.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 12/25/2013 7:30PM

    so happy to hear

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RUN4FOOD 12/25/2013 6:41PM

    That is great news.
Pray she is completely recovered in 4 to 6 weeks.
I am sure she is glad you are there with her.
Quite a Christmas present.

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MARGARITTM 12/25/2013 5:31PM

    What great news! Warmest thoughts to both of you

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PICKIE98 12/25/2013 3:13PM


What a wonderful gift from the birthday boy:Jesus!! What a Blessed day for you all!

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My wife has been moved from ICU to a regular room Thanks All

Monday, December 23, 2013

My wife has been moved to a regular room now in the hospital - thanks for your continued prayers.

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CHANGINGHORSES 12/25/2013 5:52PM

    Very good to hear! Merry Christmas!

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MSGO72 12/24/2013 11:13PM

  That's wonderful news!

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COOP9002 12/24/2013 1:39PM

    Awesome news. Prayers continuing for you both.

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RUN4FOOD 12/24/2013 7:18AM

    Good news.
Glad your wife is doing better.
Pray her recovery is quick and complete.
This is a tough time of year for her to be in the hospital.
Praying for your wife, you and your family.

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