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If It Was Easy, I Wouldn't Do It. A race report.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Picked up my packet on Wednesday for the race on Saturday. Nice colorful tech T-shirt was included.



This race was very close by. About 15 minutes from home, so I didn't have to get up too early. It started at 7:30, and we left home early at 6:40 or so. Found a parking space very close to the race. It was a big race, there were 2,400 people registered, and I wanted to get there early enough to find a good parking space. That worked out well.

I got a free cup of coffee and after sipping on it for a while, I did a quick warm up run. I was ready to run, even though I immediately started perspiring. The temp was only 78F but the humidity was intense at 89%.



I squeezed in between the 9 - 10 mm runners groups. Very crowded. We were so far back, I couldn't hear the National Anthem playing, or much from the announcer. I did hear the start horn, though.




It took a long time to walk to the start line, but eventually I got there, and started off with a slow jog due to the crowd. Had the usual weaving in and out, which forced me to go out very slowly. Not a problem, I wasn't anticipating a quick race anyway.

It was so crowded in my speed group that it never really thinned out. I passed the first mile clock at around 10:40 and that was fine, because it was clock time, not chip time. I was doing fine. I was very aware of the humidity, and was perspiring a lot. My HR rose to around 175 during the second mile, and stayed up there for the rest of the race, going over 180 a few times. I was pushing pretty hard by then.

Pretty good crowd support, lots of yelling "almost there" after mile 2. Then someone shouted "after this corner you'll see the end - push harder, you can do it"! He was right, as I rounded the corner I could soon see the finish line. And I saw the clock 29:40 and the announcer was screaming "if you want to get in under 30 minutes now is the time, run hard", and I did - passing over the mat under 30 minutes I was sure. Then the relief came when I remembered that was the clock time, not chip time.

Wohoo, I would be well under 30 minutes. And considering the difficult weather conditions, I was already happy with my results.



Got my ribbon. Every participant got bling on this one. Cool ribbon, too.

Grabbed a bottle of water and tried to remain upright as I caught my breath. DW was supposed to get a picture of me crossing the finish line, but I wasn't optimistic. She never sees me. And being so crowded a race, my lack of optimism proved to be correct. She was still at the finish line, camera in hand and looking worried when I found her. She didn't realize that I'd finished minutes earlier.



So we left to find something for me to eat. I wasn't hungry at all, but wanted to be sure to eat something within the magic time window for maximum glycogen absorbtion.

Took a few more pictures - checked my stats on the board. I ended with a chip time of 28:28. Not bad at all. Not enough to win an AG award, but a good time just the same.




Fun race, nice people and some sweet bling, too!

Thanks for reading and have a great day.
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WONDERWOMAN 8/19/2013 10:24PM

    Man you just keep on trucking.

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FUNFROG79 8/19/2013 2:51PM

    WOW!!!! Way to go! emoticon

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CM_GARDNER78 8/18/2013 10:26PM

    Way to go!!! That is awesome!! :-) Glad to hear you had fun!! :-)

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NATPLUMMER 8/18/2013 10:26PM

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MARGARITTM 8/18/2013 6:01PM

    Great report and highly respectable!


Glad it worked out well - despite the heat and humidity!

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WENDYSPARKS 8/18/2013 2:03PM

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BIGPAWSUP 8/18/2013 2:00PM

    Awesome job. Really sounded like fun. Under thirty - I dream of that!

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TIME-4-TINA 8/18/2013 9:47AM

    Great job, Vic!!! Great pic of you with the medal. Looking very happy, and tan! Ok, so I am not a runner, although I wish I was. So I need some translation. What is a chip time? and what does AG stand for?

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MAGGIE101857 8/18/2013 7:39AM

    Awesome time! Glad you had a great race!! emoticon

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DIHEALTHYHAPPY 8/18/2013 7:09AM

    Awesome time!

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SEABREEZE64 8/18/2013 6:50AM

    Excellent race! Good for you!!!!

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OPTIMIST1948 8/18/2013 6:27AM

    Better than a day on the couch! Always nice to get sweet bling too!

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PMRUNNER 8/18/2013 6:22AM

    Well done!

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MASRITE 8/18/2013 12:08AM

    That's an awesome time!! emoticon You know I'm living through you now that I can't run for 4 weeks!!

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LEWILL1982 8/17/2013 9:40PM

    Congrats, way to run hard and beat the heat!

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MJREIMERS 8/17/2013 8:11PM

    emoticon and emoticon job! Humidity makes running SO HARD! I'd rather have heat than humidity. You did great in such conditions!! You looked great!



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ONEKIDSMOM 8/17/2013 8:03PM

    Great race report... adverse conditions (humidity) leads to extra pride points. emoticon emoticon

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STRIVERONE 8/17/2013 7:48PM

    Thanks for the great description.

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ROXYZMOM 8/17/2013 4:25PM

    Great job! I knew you would rock it!!

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CHANGINGHORSES 8/17/2013 2:43PM

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You did great as usual! I love the blog, lots of photos! That is a large race, I have never been in a race that big. Even my half will only be around 1,000. Most of my races have been only around 100-150. Guess that is why I have so many medals for AG.
Isn't this fun!? Woohoo! And to think I missed out on it for the first 45 years of my life. Run On! emoticon

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 8/17/2013 12:30PM

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Did you wear the new shoes?

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RUN4FOOD 8/17/2013 12:20PM

    Congratulations on a very good run. Sounds like it was fun too.
If my heart rate hit even close to 175 or 180 it would have exploded out of my chest.
You earned the bling.


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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/17/2013 11:56AM

    Well done!

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DALID414 8/17/2013 11:52AM

    I had a good laugh about DW missing the photo opp
I was out at the beach in similar weather yesterday, I couldn't wipe the sweat off my eyes fast enough.
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MSSHERRY10 8/17/2013 11:37AM

  Congratulations on your run, you did great! Running in a crowd while fighting flying elbows can be a major distraction. Taking pics at the finish line can be a real challenge. My husband gets frustrated when other people get in the way in front of the finish line and blocks the view. He has missed me a couple times because of that. I enjoyed reading about your run. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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JACKIE542 8/17/2013 11:23AM

    Great race and time. Such an inspiration. Love the pictures too! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JACKSGRAN 8/17/2013 11:20AM

    Very well done. You deserve the bling

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MUDGE4 8/17/2013 11:12AM

    Congrats!! emoticon

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