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St. Paddy's Day Half Marathon: Race #3 of 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013

Well, I'm a week late in getting this race report posted, but better late than never, right?

A week ago my husband and I ran our third half marathon of the year and our 20th overall. (How did that happen--how did we get to 20 half marathons already?!) We headed south this time to run the St. Paddy's Day Half Marathon in Tacoma. Originally we hadn't planned to do this race, but my friend, Shannon, had asked if we'd do it with her, so of course we said yes. Her plans changed, but we had already registered; we were committed. And once I saw the medal, well, I knew I wanted to do the race.

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The weather forecast was for a few showers, so we went prepared with rain shells but were hoping the rain would hold off. This race had a 3 hour time limit; there was a time when that would have worried me, but we haven't had too much problem staying under 3 hours lately, and this was supposed to be a reasonably flat course. Note the words supposed to be: I have run in Washington and especially Tacoma enough that I take that description with a large grain of salt.

My husband and I started out together, but after awhile I wanted to pick up the pace more than he did, so I pulled ahead. I was hoping to improve my time since this was supposed to be a pretty flat course, and during the first part of the race, my pace was on target to set a new PR. The course started out along the waterfront (down a ramp and then flat!), then headed into Ruston (NOT flat!) and back to the waterfront (back UP that nice little ramp). I hadn't paid a lot of attention to the elevation chart, so I didn't realize just how much of a hill there was going up into Ruston; that slowed me down and took some out of me.

I was still doing pretty well on time when I came out of Ruston and back along the waterfront, although I had slowed some. The ramp going back up to to the finish line, though, definitely slowed me down. I found myself walking much more than I would have liked going up the ramp, but I was able to finish running and came in at exactly 2:48:00, two minutes faster than the previous week and my fastest half this year--less than three minutes off my best half ever.

It would've been nice to get a new PR, but I had fun and was pleased with my time. Any race I finish in an upright position and with a smile on my face is a good one as far as I'm concerned. My husband was about 10 minutes behind me, so he was able to finish within the time limit as well.

Here's the medal from the race:



I don't think the picture shows it well, but it has a base on it so it can stand on a table or shelf--very cool.

No more races for us at the moment until May, although we are considering a couple in April if we can work them into our schedules. It wasn't too bad having no races in February, but I don't know that I want to take another month off from races so soon. It makes it way too easy to skip a long run if we don't have something on the calendar each month.

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