I'm back baby! I FINALLY have a new half marathon PB!

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I'm back baby! I FINALLY have a new half marathon PB!

Postby QuickChick » Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:09 am

Yeahhhh! I haven't had a great race in AGES... you know, one of those races where you feel like you tried as hard as you could, ran it well, AND you're happy with the result. I think it's been since the Chilly half in 2007. Today was a great day- I love this race. :)

After a crappy running summer, I had no idea what to expect in terms of time, so I figured I could be under 1:50 for sure, and settled on being happy with anything under that. As a result, I didn't feel a lot of pressure, and I wasn't sweating my splits all that much.

My first few splits were within 5 seconds either way of 5:00/km, with a couple that were 5:10-5:15 (but again, I wasn't really worried about it) and I crossed the 10K mat at 51:59. I was feeling good, and I put on my ipod at this point (I was sick of listening to people's conversations :roll:). For the last half of the race, I consciously focussed on people and picked them off. I also trash talked them in my mind! It was fun and helped the race go by faster (literally and mentally). "You came all the way from MEXICO and I'm passing you!" "That is an ugly shirt- I'm PASSING you!" :lol: I latched onto a couple girls that I sort of went back and forth with for a few kms- "braid girl" and "barbie girl". I finally got rid of them at about 17km, but they really helped push me, especially up the little hill by the Legion.

At 19km I was feeling kinda tired, but I knew there was a downhill coming up, and I knew there was a chance at getting 1:45:xx, so I kept pushing. The last km was the only part that really sorta hurt, but thank god the last 500m were marked (400m to go, etc) so that really helped. It also helped that the 1:45 pacer was within sight in the last few hundred metres (he had been out of reach since about 5K). I pushed, and pushed, and ended up crossing at 1:45:48, a new pb by 1:18! I am THRILLED. Absolutely THRILLED!

What I learned:
-I don't need food to run a half marathon. I was fine with gatorade at the water stops
-The strategy of "comfortable first 10K, push the last 11K" worked really well for me- I had a negative split
-I think the biggest reason this race was so good for me is that I didn't put a lot of pressure on myself. I will have to remember this for Ajax.

I think there is a chance I could break 1:45 in Ajax on Oct 26, so that's going to be my goal, but I'm going to definitely make it a major focus to be relaxed going into the race. I think the speed workouts I'll put in during October will help, and I think if I pushed just a tiny bit harder starting from maybe 8 or 9 instead of 10K, that's where the 48 seconds may come off. We'll see. For now, I am SO happy!! I feel I've earned some celebratory Roti tonight when we go out for our anniversary dinner.

ETA- I forgot to mention- I saw the kids from my previous school after the race! They had run the marathon kids 5K. They all had a blast and really loved the event!
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Postby purdy65 » Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:16 am

Nicely Done QC

It certainly is a nice course for PBing!

Great conditions helped too!

Glad your comeback was so sucessful.

You really are a Quick Chick!

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Postby Doonst » Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:18 am

Great stuff Lisa.

I've got ugly clothes too, pass me!
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Postby VeloCarrie » Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:19 am

Way to go! Congratulations! :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Postby Bebette » Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:20 am

Lisa, when I saw your results on Sportstats, I knew you would be extatic. Congratulations!
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Postby BJH » Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:34 am

Geat job Lisa!!!
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Postby Tori » Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:34 am

Awesome job you got your speed back plus more!!

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Postby RA. » Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:39 am

Congrats on the PB! I love the mental trash talking. :lol: Maybe if you start verbally trash talking next time, it'll be enough to push you that little bit faster to make sure they don't retaliate!
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Re: I'm back baby! I FINALLY have a new half marathon PB!

Postby rockstar79 » Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:44 am

QuickChick wrote: "That is an ugly shirt- I'm PASSING you!"


That made my day!

My word, you're a fast lady (chick!)!!! Way to go!
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Postby JSmitty » Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:46 am

I was standing with Terry just before the 18k marker. You looked very focused and I also noticed that you were around 1:30 and had a great chance for 1:45. Glad it worked out.
Great PB!!!
BTW, nice pink top...your pink looked much better than the guy? we saw wearing a skirt with a bulge in the front. EWWWW!!!. Ask Terry, she saw him twice.
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Postby QuickChick » Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:50 am

JSmitty wrote:I was standing with Terry just before the 18k marker. You looked very focused and I also noticed that you were around 1:30 and had a great chance for 1:45. Glad it worked out.
Great PB!!!
BTW, nice pink top...your pink looked much better than the guy? we saw wearing a skirt with a bulge in the front. EWWWW!!!. Ask Terry, she saw him twice.


EWWW!!! Was he ahead of me?
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Postby Run26.2 » Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:51 am

Rock n' roll!! Congrats on the PB!! Way to bring the hammer, man!
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Postby richie-rich » Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:51 am

Doonst wrote:Great stuff Lisa.

I've got ugly clothes too, pass me!


i'll keep that in mind when the orange tights come out at the egg nog this year :lol:

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Postby trixiee » Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:52 am

WAY TO GO, LISA!! :D

Congrats on the PB!!
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Postby JLA » Sun Sep 28, 2008 11:59 am

WOOOHOOO! I am totally psyched for you, but not surprised in the least. You is one speedy lady. Isn't it amazing what the bod can do if we just chill out and let it do it's thing? And way to negative split...dude, you are SO back, and badder than ever!

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Postby Iron-North » Sun Sep 28, 2008 12:17 pm

Anniversary din-nner??!! Hmmm oh my!

Bravo bravo Lisa! Proud of you!!! That is great pb story! :D
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Postby Lightning » Sun Sep 28, 2008 12:46 pm

QuickChick wrote:
JSmitty wrote:I was standing with Terry just before the 18k marker. You looked very focused and I also noticed that you were around 1:30 and had a great chance for 1:45. Glad it worked out.
Great PB!!!
BTW, nice pink top...your pink looked much better than the guy? we saw wearing a skirt with a bulge in the front. EWWWW!!!. Ask Terry, she saw him twice.


EWWW!!! Was he ahead of me?
We totally saw him, too. Anyway, you looked focused and strong! And no bulge for you, sistah! What a PB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Postby deerdree » Sun Sep 28, 2008 12:47 pm

awesome! :D i peeked at the results, too, and knew you'd be happy. congrats!

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Postby ian » Sun Sep 28, 2008 1:06 pm

JSmitty wrote:your pink looked much better than the guy? we saw wearing a skirt


That sounds like Jennifer from the RR forum, racing the full in Toronto today after having done 42K in Akron yesterday.

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Postby QuickChick » Sun Sep 28, 2008 1:14 pm

Dave just mentioned that the guy in a skirt is quite likely a guy he knows of (I think he posted on the RR board) who is an actual trans-gendered person... I feel kinda bad now about the "ews". I still hope I was ahead of him (her?) though. :)

Edit- Ian, I think we posted at the same time! Whoa that's crazy- back to back marathons... you can wear whatever you want if you can do that.
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Postby cgraham » Sun Sep 28, 2008 1:20 pm

Great job out there, and very entertaining mid-race strategy.

Congrats on a big PB. Enjoy your anniversary dinner.
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Postby mlazenby » Sun Sep 28, 2008 1:35 pm

Congratulations! 1:45 should be a breeze next month. :)
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Postby AirForceRunner » Sun Sep 28, 2008 1:39 pm

Absolutely love the internal trash-talking trick. I may just adopt that. :D
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Postby bruyere » Sun Sep 28, 2008 1:41 pm

Told ya so! Now, who's a sandbagger, eh?! :lol:

You train so hard, and your dedication is so inspiring, Lisa, you deserve this! Great to see the pay-off.

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Postby Robbie-T » Sun Sep 28, 2008 1:50 pm

nice going QC!! That has been a while coming, I'm happy for you.
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