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30th Birthday 1/2 Marathon Recap!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Ran my first half marathon on my 30th Birthday and it was AWESOME! Finished in 1:51 and guess what, second in my (new) age group and 16th overall! Not bad for a birthday girl! I felt great until mile 11, and then it was a major mind game. My last two miles were way slower. I can tell I need to up my mileage for my next one (yes, next one, I already signed up for my next half in December!)

I actually stopped running about a 1/4 a mile to the finish (I didn't know I was so close) and an angel-fellow-runner yelled, "you can't stop now! You are TOO close!" so I started up again and sprinted on down to the finish with an average pace of 8:31, way faster than I thought I would get!

I feel so thankful for my awesome parents, husband and baby girl for coming out to support me running in the rain! (note my awesome birthday shirt compliments of my husband!)

Such a perfect day!!

According to my super beloved Garmin (a b-day gift!) Splits were:

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SLIMMINGSHAY 9/18/2013 7:54PM

    OMG! Congrats! that's awesome!

amazing job!

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CANDACEMM 9/18/2013 7:47PM

    Way to go! Awesome job!!! Happy birthday!

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KATYMARIA 9/18/2013 4:38PM

    Thank you all for your birthday wishes! Pasta, it might look even but actually the first few miles were up and down hills so average pace was more like 8:30 and then I dropped 20 seconds per mile on the last two miles, which is no good. Good thing there is always a next time to challenge yourself!

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XENATHOMAS 9/18/2013 10:58AM

    Congrats! emoticon Happy Belated birthday

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CARADAWN 9/18/2013 8:18AM

    Congrats on your win and amazing time! What an awesome birthday gift to yourself to finish your first half-marathon. I look forward to reading more race reports from you emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ARUNNINGKAT 9/17/2013 7:06PM

    Wow! Way to go! I wish I had done that on my 30th birthday!

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IRP1114 9/17/2013 6:31PM

    Wow! That is a really good time for your first! Congrats!!! And happy belated birthday! Welcome to the 30s lol ; )!
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MARGARITTM 9/17/2013 2:14PM

    You did a great time and congrats on the hardware! WOOHOO.....

.always good to regroup analyze the data and come up with a tweeked plan for the next one.

I expect it will be even faster!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 9/17/2013 10:52AM

    You look like a speed demon in that first pic!! Congrats!!

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COOP9002 9/17/2013 10:45AM

    Awesome job!!

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FITFOODIE806 9/17/2013 8:32AM

    Congrats! That is an awesome time!! And even better that you're already signed up for another. Happy birthday!!

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PASTAFARIAN 9/17/2013 3:00AM

    Your splits look pretty even despite your commentary (although it does sound funny). You'll even them out in your next HM, no doubt!

Kudos on the 2nd place finish in a competitive field. Very impressive to do so well in your first half!

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