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PR Achieved! Preliminary Race Report

Saturday, November 09, 2013

The inaugural Lakeland Red Ribbon Half Marathon benefitting the InnerAct Alliance drug prevention nonprofit agency went off without a hitch!

My finishing time was 2:26 and forty something seconds. So on a hilly, humid and hotter than ideal course, I took about 11 minutes off my previous half marathon time. I beat my goal of 2:30. I'm proud and happy!

No, it wasn't good enough to place in my age group. I'd have needed to run it about 10 minutes faster for a speed award, but I'll value my pretty red finishers medal nonetheless.

I ran almost all of it in run 3 minutes, walk 1 minute. For about the first 2 miles I ran with the 2:30 pace group, but they were going too slow on the downhills for me, so I went my pace. An experienced marathoner from our group was ahead so I caught up with her for several miles. Around mile 7 I developed a stitch in my right side. I took my walk breaks with my arms in the air trying to get the oxygen all the way to the bottom of the lung. Brenda, the marathoner, suggested breathing on alternate leg beats and I tried. I slowed a bit and the stitch relaxed. I threw in 2 extra walk minutes in the hilliest areas. Then I felt fresh and raring to go until mile 11. At that point it became an effort. I'd only run that distance or more 3 times this year and much slower. So part of it was my training and fitness level, but part of it was the hot sun beating down and the increasing heat. Also, my stomach felt like I'd drunk too much water so at the water stops I started throwing it on my head and that felt great! I did make myself still sip a little.

I was really glad to finish the race. I didn't have the leg cramps I had after my first half, but my back was hurting. Perhaps I didn't run quite as upright as I need to. I found a curb in the shade and sat a while, stretching my back. After I got my medal, I went back to the finish line to cheer in others from our group, including the angel who gave me a ride this morning. She was the last one of our group to finish at 3:16. It was her first half marathon and no one stayed with her. I felt a little guilty. She was disappointed and I felt for her. She'll be running at the Women's Half Marathon 15 days from today. That course is flat and I bet she'll do better. She has a group she's running with; I'm running with ONEKIDSMOM and her cousin. It's going to be fun!

So I did it! I finished the HM in an upright position with a smile on my face and wanting to do it again. And I got my PR. Great experience right here in my home town.

I didn't get any pictures on my own camera, but many different people did get pictures of me. Will post some later, I'm sure. But here are some pictures some of my other friends posted:


Sarah and Vince. Sarah paced the 2:30 pace group.


Brenda, on the left, is the marathoner who encouraged me mile 6-7. She finished about 2:24, as did Yvonne on the right.


Runners from the Galloway group at the finish.


Beginning of the race. I'm in there not far behind the 2:30 signs, but I can't find me.


Leah paced the 2:37 group. For training, I ran with her often.
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RAINEMARIE214 11/13/2013 12:17PM

    woohoo! Congrats on your PR!

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BOILHAM 11/11/2013 5:15AM

    Congrats on the PR, and way to go on toughing it out in the heat. Great pictures, too.

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BLUENOSE63 11/10/2013 7:03PM

  That was a great race report! Wow your PR time was spectacular and you should be very proud of yourself.

Hope you and Barb and cousin have a great run in a couple of weeks, don't forget to report it here on SP.

Congrats!

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SMART4ANDREY 11/10/2013 12:13PM

    You're so inspiring, some day'll run too!

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FITFOODIE806 11/10/2013 8:37AM

    Congrats! What a great race report. I can feel your happiness and love of running. Hope you are still on a PR high!!

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TINAJANE76 11/10/2013 7:33AM

    Congratulations on your great run and finish, Marsha! You're a real inspiration!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/10/2013 7:17AM

    Congratulations1 Great preparation, great report and a great result!

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SEABREEZE64 11/10/2013 6:53AM

    Congratulations on the PR!!!
Do you know what pace you run when you run and what pace you walk when you walk?

I notice that after mile 10 my back sometimes hurts. My form gets sloppy when I get tired. I have to really focus on maintaining my posture when my body is tired.

I am glad you have such a strong Galloway group to run with.

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MARINEMAMA 11/10/2013 6:28AM

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PMRUNNER 11/10/2013 5:54AM

    Woo hoo!

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SEAJESS 11/10/2013 1:35AM

    emoticon on your PR and a race well run.
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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 11/10/2013 12:50AM

    Congratulations! Well done.
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About the back hurting -- that usually means that you aren't engaging your abs to keep your pelvis level. When the abs allow the pelvis to tilt forward, that puts an arch in the lower back, which in turn puts stress on the lower back. This isn't necessarily a strength issue. Many people (women especially) allow their pelvis to tilt forward, especially as they get tired (wearing high heels don't help in this posture habit, either).

When my back starts to tire during a long run, I focus on pulling my belly button towards my spine. That levels the pelvic girdle and aligns the trunk. I almost always feel relief in the back, even when it is tired.

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MSLZZY 11/10/2013 12:22AM

    WOOHOO!

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SUNSHINEYOURWAY 11/9/2013 9:40PM

    WOW! Congratulations on your new PR. Way to go.

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STRIVERONE 11/9/2013 9:10PM

    Congratulations. Enjoy that PR for the next two weeks, because that's how long it's going to last.
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WATERMELLEN 11/9/2013 8:13PM

    Absolutely you deserve to be proud and happy!!

Yay you!!

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MARGARITTM 11/9/2013 7:56PM

    Nice job on the half. ..... PR beats a bit of hardware any day!!!

NOOOOOWWWWW about that next one!


Glad even more that you feel good. So you did it right.!

Next one under 2:25????

Congrats again!

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MWWENSIN 11/9/2013 7:25PM

    Great job. PRs are great. You can get a medal in the next race.

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RUN4FOOD 11/9/2013 6:37PM

    CONGRATULATIONS for a PR on a hot hilly run when you have a stitch in your side.
Hope your half in a couple of weeks goes even better.

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PMFISH 11/9/2013 6:30PM

    I knew you could and would! emoticon

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It looks so much fun, I cant wait to do one.
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BOOKAPHILE 11/9/2013 4:34PM

    Congratulations. Bask in your accomplishment for a while!

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TRAVELGRRL 11/9/2013 4:15PM

    Yay! Knew it would be a success! I find it interesting that you did your intervals throughout. That's going to be my next half marathon goal, to run consistent intervals. Thank you for being such an inspiration to me!

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ONMYMEDS 11/9/2013 4:11PM

    Nice job!! It's always fun to PR.

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That is fantastic Marsha!!
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MEXGAL1 11/9/2013 3:17PM

    Woo hoo for you! I am so very happy for you. You sound just great. What a wonderful accomplishment.
Have a great rest of the week end.
Sallie

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HALFFAST 11/9/2013 1:50PM

    Woohoo! Congratulations!!


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COCK-ROBIN 11/9/2013 1:42PM

    Great! I'm so happy for you. What an accomplishment.

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Congrats on your PR HM! Well done, indeed... knew you'd do it!

Fluids, stretch, and recover well... see you in a couple of weeks!

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LAILATN 11/9/2013 1:36PM

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Awesome!

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BZJOHNSON 11/9/2013 1:35PM

    Congrats all around!!!

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JCKIRNER 11/9/2013 1:19PM

    Wonderful! Congrats!!

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