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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!
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