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AllState 13.1 Marathon Series - my 7th Half Marathon

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

October 17th, 2012
AllState 13.1 Marathon Series
Dallas Texas

Iíd heard a lot about this race and it got great reviews from last year here in Dallas. I had it on the calendar forever, just wasnít sure I really wanted to do it, THEN I saw that part of this course is the same at the Dallas Marathon course so I signed up! Iím so glad I did too.
Temperatures dropping and Iím in a panic as to how to dress. Do I wear tights, shorts, long sleeves, no sleeves and arm warmers, so many decisions and I was at a loss! The night before the race was a very long night. Iím not sure if it was due to the fact that my family was out of town, I was in a panic as to how to dress, or the fact that I was after a personal record for this half marathon. Whatever it was, I didnít sleep well at all. I was up and down all night checking the clock, checking the temperature etc.

Alarm went off at 3:45am, FINALLY. Dressed and ready for my ride to pick me up(David was driving) around 4:30am to make the drive to downtown Dallas. I had my race bag already pack with my Ďstuffí so I didnít have much to do. This race started at 7am, which Iím happy about, and Iím an EARLY arriver to races. I do not like to sit in traffic so we were in the parking garage plenty early. David and I just chilled in the heated garage for a while, then made a trip upstairs to the great outdoors. BRRRR Ė Iím glad I decided to wear my tights and arm warmers, it was chilly, high 30ís I think. Iím also glad Iíd brought a trash bag to wear to start the race in!

Of course I met up with our group of friends before the race and catch up with them. Iíve know some of them on FB for a while, but never met in person until that morning, that was pretty awesome!

Group photo Ė Who knows why Uncle Mike is pointing at his head like that?

I typically take a self-pic pre-race, cause Iím a dork like that:

The setup was super cool. Huge stage right by the start/finish line and we started while lined up between the vendors on either side of the street.

SO here I stand with the 2hour pace group and I realize, I donít have any gum in my mouth! WAITÖI need gum. Thankfully, I asked the lady infront of me who was just chomping away and she shared a piece with me. Whew, the day was saved by a stranger. Before too long we are off and running. WOO HOO, beautiful day for a run!

Iím at .25 miles and I realize I didnít turn on my runmeter to post to facebook. Grrr, the decision was made to stop my run meter, turn ON facebook and restart runmeter again, all while running. I did this so that my wife(specifically) could post comments during my run and they would be read to me as I ran. I do this for every run I do and the comments REALLY help me get through. Thanks to my wife who was in Colorado, but got up early so she could follow along and support me run via facebook. Thanks to the many friends who also posted as I ran this race.

I was fairly focused on actually Ďracingí this run. I donít race too many, but I was set on getting a PR out of this half marathon. I started out fairly slow to get the legs warmed up. Seeing things I hadnít seen before was fun so I was busy checking out the view. The course ran through the Uptown area of Dallas which I have never spent much time in so that was really cool. I saw a friend Paul go flying by me, so I sped up to run with him for a little bit. We did a fist bump, chatted a little and he left me in his dust! It was fun to run with him for a little while though.
I knew the first 7 miles or so of the run were mostly uphill so I planned accordingly. I admit I do obese about the course most of the time. Even if Iím not really Ďracingí I know the course pretty well most of the time.
Miles 1 Ė 3 are as follows, 9:08, 8:47 and 8:23
Miles 4 Ė 6 were 8:35, 8:49 and 8:49
Miles 7 Ė 9 were 8:50, 8:32 and 8:30
Miles 10- 13 were 8:37, 8:19, 8:20 and 8:29 while the remaining .23 of a mile was 7:19

Once I hit mile 7 I kicked it up a notch since I knew I had a large downhill stretch on the Katy Trail heading toward the American Airlines Center. There were several of us basically running in a pack at this point, which was fun. Iíve really grown to enjoy a group run. The difference really was that they didnít walk through water stops like I do. Every race I run, I stop and get water, not that Gatorade stuff, and walk a few steps while I get a drink. I learned that I canít drink and run at the same time without wearing most of the water. LOL
We came down off the Katy Trail and headed back into downtown Dallas. This was pretty cool for me because part of this route was a route I walked a lot when I was in my weight loss phase. Pretty cool memories along this section thinking that Iíd come along way baby.

Then we made a left turn into Ross Avenue and headed east toward the finish line. Oh crap was the thought in my head, a significant hill at the finish, so not funny! They did have a Ďking of the hillí contest to see who could sprint up the hill at the end the fastest. I was NOT part of that race, lol. I remember a comment from my wife at this point of the race that made me laugh out loud. She said something about, ďyou are going to blow your PR awayĒ When my runmeter read that to me, it said Ďyou are going to blow your Puerto Rico awayí. That made me laugh as I fought my way up that hill.

After coming up the hill and rounding the corner, the finish line was within sight infront of the Performing Arts Center. I could see my friends cheering me on as I kicked it up another notch to finish stronger than I started! Karen got a couple really good pictures, here is one of them.

I bought a few professional pictures take at this race, which I donít always do.
This of course is my finisher photo:

And this is my favorite photo I think Iíve ever had taken during a race:

What you canít see in this picture is that I am pointing at the clock. I love this picture! I was pointing at the clock because I had run a personal record race and I felt absolutely amazing. My official time was 1:53:45 chip time. My previous PR was 1:58:59. I was 84th out of 176 in my age group and I was the 407th man to cross the finish line and the 554th person to cross the line. Speaking of finish line, I got a really cool medal:

One of the friends Iíd met before the race was Uncle Mike. Not really my uncle, but I call him that anyway. Mike and I met on facebook after learning of his own successful weight loss journey. Between the two of us we have lost 235 pounds, thatís pretty cool. Uncle Mike ran a PR for this race as did Kevin.

I thought the elevation chart off my garmin was pretty cool so Iíve added it below:

I was also fairly impressed with my heart rate, however Iím sure some will say I could have ran harder and honestly, they are probably right.

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    Great report, Jerome! I don't know how you remember so much of the race to be able to give this kind of detail. Nicholas has that gift, too. It's fun to read - like I'm right there with ya! Oh, I was with ya. I was one of the voices in your head!
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    PS - Nice BLING!
    1438 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/19/2012 5:50:06 PM
    I love PR's, they are like a challenge every time you set out to run a race. Super cool! I loved reading about your half marathon adventure. Hearing stories like yours inspires me to not give up when I think it's just not worth it. :)

    You're Awesome! :)
    1438 days ago
    1442 days ago
    Jerome, this is such a really cool blog. I could just feel the emotion and excitement in your words.

    You HAVE come a long, long way!

    1442 days ago
    OH...I'm loving all the the photo finish and the medal too! I always stress about what to wear too?!? I tend to overdress and sweat to death...LOL...beautiful race report and of course and amazing PR!! WTG!! emoticon
    1442 days ago
    Outstanding job!! Great time. Nice pics, nice blog. Way to go!!

    Nothing is as gratifying as a new PR.

    You, sir have had quite the journey.
    1443 days ago
    Woohoo! Way to go Jerome! I wouldn't mind doing this race next year! Great pics!
    1443 days ago
    Way to go Jerome. I feel like I just ran the race with you!
    1443 days ago
    loved the pr comment from your emoticon emoticon
    1443 days ago
    Wow, great time. By the way, I learned the proper way to drink water from those little cups, you have to pinch the top of the cup closed and drink from the little spout that is formed. Worked great for me in my first ever half last weekend.
    1443 days ago
    You are such an inspiratio emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon n to me and others.
    1443 days ago
    Awesome race! Awesome recap! Awesome pics!
    I am always looking mean in my pics! LOL...
    Thanks for sharing, I love everyone's running stories!
    1443 days ago
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