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Army Run HM 2013 Recap

Monday, September 23, 2013

It is my third time running the Army Run Half Marathon. I like this race - no... I really like this race... and I will do it again next year.

Why ?

1) It is truly inspirational to run to Honor our Soldiers and to run with some of our wounded members. How can you feel not giving it all you have running a 13.1, if they are doing it!

2) It is a get together with many of my military friends

3) This weekend is a get away from home; and this year I use this opportunity to be with my daughter Emma who is taking nursing in College 10 hours from my home.

4) The weather is always almost perfect - it is a bit cool but I prefer that!

5) Now that I know the route, I have a great mental plan... but I have to admit I still truly appreciate the support along the way: cadet bands are playing, lots of family members are cheering and, of course, I love have mine there to - it make all the difference in the world!

So here is my recap...

Last year the Army Run was MY Race!!! I was really focus and I was going to do my best... and I did! 1:38, with a smile for the picture!
At the 17k marker in 2012...

This year my goal was to pace myself and finish strong. I had the same smile for the picture!

The last few long run training I was only able to maintain a 1:43 pace... yesterday I did much better than anticipated!

After the first 10k I was at 0:47:08.8 min.
I did not stop once - not even for water. My meal the night before proven to be a great choice. Protein salad!
and Emma had a salmon burger - (I will have that tonight!!!)

I kept pushing to the finish line... On my way I saw passing out Para Olympic Champion - he is blind and just donate a kidney to his wife... Jason Dunkeley! AWESOME!!!!

1 k to the finish line - all I kept thinking was 4 more minutes!!!

Finish time and Stats:
Chip Time: 1:39:23.6 Pace:4:43
Category F40-44 : 15/659 (Wohoo!!! )
Female Overall Placement: 107/4276
Overall : 736/10 358

Not my PB but I am very happy with this! This is looking good for the Niagara Marathon next month! Yes - 26.2. I will do it this time!

My reward after the race - a thai soup and Dim sun

It was a great weekend with my Emma!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SAMSPARK1 10/2/2013 1:18PM


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KELSEY54 9/28/2013 7:02PM

    Congrats! My son did that race also. It was his first and his time was 1:59. A great accomplishment to all. emoticon

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 9/25/2013 7:22PM

Your smile says it all!

And your daughter is very beautiful!

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CEILIE2 9/24/2013 2:27AM

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GABIBEAR 9/23/2013 3:03PM

    Wow, that is awesome Julia!!!! Congrats on doing so well!!!

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Thanks for sharing with us in such a way that we felt like we were there with you!!

Hope next month's marathon is just as great!!!

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CRYSBROWN1 9/23/2013 3:00PM the pics! You were super speedy - and it was not even your PB!!

Seems like a great venue...CONGRATULATIONS!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 9/23/2013 10:17AM

    WOW.... emoticon job on the race! Your time was fantastic, you were flying through that race. Can't wait to hear about your next one. Keep up the good work dear Spark friend! You are very inspiring!

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NATPLUMMER 9/23/2013 10:13AM


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PMRUNNER 9/23/2013 9:27AM

    Well done! Love the positive attitude, the extra family time you got with Emily and the support to wounded warriors!

Have a great marathon next month!

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BEFIT016 9/23/2013 9:17AM

    You did emoticon !! emoticon

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LADYJ6942 9/23/2013 8:54AM

    Sweet!!! Congrats and good luck in your next race.

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NUTRON3 9/23/2013 8:42AM

    Great job!!!!

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WRITINGRUNNER 9/23/2013 8:00AM

    Awesome! I am in complete envy and admiration of your fitness. We'll done!

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AZMOMXTWO 9/23/2013 7:58AM

  great job

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