Irongirl's Hypo Half....

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Irongirl's Hypo Half....

Postby Irongirl » Sun Jan 28, 2007 3:03 pm

Well, I wasn't sure what to expect from today. I had done the training with my clinic for a 2:15 finish. BUT, my first two half marathons ever were done at a 2:15 training pace, and, I went a 2:02 and a 1:55......

My time in Toronto with Running Angel was 2:14 - so, I figured a good goal would be to beat that. On Tuesday though, we ran in the snow, and, my ankle has been extremely sore ever since.

I was so torn as to what to do. Originally, my goal was to hold 6 min/km....then, I said, okay, 6:10's (2:10).....finally, this morning, I said - 6:15 - which would bring me in around 2:12ish.

The reason that I had trouble setting this goal is that my last couple of races where I set unreasonable goals meant that I went out to fast. For this race, my biggest goal was to set a good goal!

Anyway....the race.

Plan was to hold 6:15's. I had my "flock" with me - about 5 or 6 clinic members that wanted to use me as a pace bunny. I reminded them a bunch of times, that, ya never know how I'm going to do - add my ankle problem, and, I had no idea what the day would hold....

The footing wasn't great - with the 1 inch of snow from last night, but, the sun was shining. It wasn't as cold as I expected.

Loop 1 (5km) - 31:02 felt great (6:12/km)
Look 2 (5km) - 31:33 (6:19/km) felt pretty good - starting working harder
Loop 3 (5km) - 31:29 (6:18/km) felt strong - pushed hard - coming into the turn around, I was hurting a bit, took a gel and got my mojo back!
Loop 4 (5km) - 32:06 (6:25) I died at about 19 km. The "flock" was mostly ahead of me now. I'm actually surprised I was only a minute slower for this 5km then the first one - and, really, it was mostly in the 20th km - 6:47. I came through the start finish area (for the last 1.1 out and back) and told James that I was hurting. He had the best response "take it easy". I realized that it was just one foot in front of the other, and, I could finish this. My legs felt like lead - I was briefly reminded of how tired my legs were during my Ironman - which made me realize that this was ONLY 21.1 km - not an Ironman, and, it was time to "suck it up, princess!"
The last 1.1 km, I walked briefly for 3 times.....

km 21 - 6:36

pace for my last 100 m - 5:09/km - I was going to finish STRONG, even if it killed me!!

Finish time:2:13:30 (6:19/km)

I'm happy with that. I'm even happier that I feel like I set a realistic goal. I stayed pretty much on pace until about 18 km. I just should have taken a gel I think, I would have had some more oomph. It was super cool seeing every one on every lap....I wish I had been on the lookout for bebette and SuperBob though :oops:!

I was so proud of my clinic members - they all finished strong. One girl in particular recently faced a death in the family and had missed the last 2 weeks. She decided to run anyway, by doing her LSD pace. She had a smile every time I saw her. Her mom, sister and a bunch of friends were out there for her (in the freezing cold).

When she came through to run her last 1.1 km somehow, I had energy left and I ran it with her. I was so proud of her. (And wondered how my legs were running another km at a 6:20 pace!!)

I thought I was "running happy" the whole way, Joe's 2nd picture says otherwise:


I'm sore now. I'm happy that I gave it all I got.

I guess I need to figure out my ATB goal! :)

(can you tell I like numbers?!)
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Postby ChrisL » Sun Jan 28, 2007 3:06 pm

Congratulations Kiza!

Good result in tough conditions!
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Postby Tori » Sun Jan 28, 2007 3:06 pm

Yeah!!! Thanks for helping pace us today. It was a really great help :D

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Postby Ed Fizz » Sun Jan 28, 2007 3:09 pm

Well done :D .

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Postby BaldGuy » Sun Jan 28, 2007 3:12 pm

Kiza, you ran a good race. Not only did you revise your goals based on your own situation this week, but you managed to come VERY close to your revised goal, even with last night's snowfall. And you got to be the pace bunny for your clinic group ... how great is that?

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Postby a_beacher » Sun Jan 28, 2007 3:16 pm

Way to go Kiza! Also, very nice of you to help bring your friend home with that EXTRA 1.1 Km.

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Postby QuickChick » Sun Jan 28, 2007 3:28 pm

To achieve your goal even with all that snow is pretty great, I think! Congratulations. 8)
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Postby turd ferguson » Sun Jan 28, 2007 3:58 pm

Well done in difficult conditions.
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Postby Jo-Jo » Sun Jan 28, 2007 4:00 pm

Kiza...good for you for setting a goal...and meeting it.

Love the pictures..they tell a story :D
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Postby SusanD » Sun Jan 28, 2007 4:08 pm

Very well run, Kiza. :)
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Postby BJH » Sun Jan 28, 2007 5:23 pm

Very good goal setting. Congrats!!
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Postby Marg » Sun Jan 28, 2007 5:26 pm

Way to go Kiza!! Great running! You had your fair share of running owies lately and you toughed out a fantastic finish!! 8)
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Postby mcshame » Sun Jan 28, 2007 5:51 pm

Congrats, great pics

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Postby scrumhalfgirl » Sun Jan 28, 2007 6:01 pm

Well done on the goal setting and pacing - that is such a big part of the battle. Love the pics - congrats!
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Postby RA. » Sun Jan 28, 2007 6:03 pm

You did great, IG!
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Postby klc » Sun Jan 28, 2007 6:25 pm

Congrats, IG! It was darn frosty out there this morning!

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Postby AndyM » Sun Jan 28, 2007 6:34 pm

Way to adjust your goal as necessary - that is always a smart decision. You look happy in most of the pics!


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Postby seuss » Sun Jan 28, 2007 6:41 pm

Brilliant job Kiza - well done!
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Postby TurtleLuc » Sun Jan 28, 2007 7:56 pm

Well done Kiza.
You adjusted your expectations based on your ankle and road conditions all the while you lead your group. Hope your ankle heals quickly.
Sorry, I only recognized you after the race was over. I looked around throughout the race to see if I could find any Maniacs, but it wasn't meant to be. Nice to see you and James at the end.
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Postby Jwolf » Sun Jan 28, 2007 8:36 pm

Nice job, Kiza. You set a realistic goal and did great with the conditions at hand. Now I'm looking forward to seeing what goal you set for yourself for Around the Bay. That will be a good one for you, I'm sure.
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Postby SuperboB » Sun Jan 28, 2007 8:40 pm

Great job, Kiza! It was good to see you guys at breakfast too!

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THANK YOU THANK YOU for the wonderful advice of walking down the stairs backwards!!!
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Postby holymoly » Sun Jan 28, 2007 10:09 pm

Way to go -- good job!
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Postby runJrun » Sun Jan 28, 2007 10:58 pm

Yahooo! Congrta Kiza!

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Postby Ironboy » Sun Jan 28, 2007 11:01 pm

You led your flock by example, a sign of a great leader.

I'm proud of you, both for your race and your job with the clinic.

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Postby TheBman » Mon Jan 29, 2007 7:08 am

Your group had a great leader, mascot and guest speakers!!!!

((( :oops: :shock: :wink: :wink: ))))

Congrats kid!


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