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Half Marathon in Ireland

Post by Rachel August on Sat Jun 13, 2015 1:34 pm

Ran in the Half in Cork City, Ireland on June 1!!!

2:23:30!!! SO GLAD TO JUST FINISH!!! Seriously happy with this time!!!

VERY wet and cold weather – 48 degrees – 25-30 MPH winds with wind gusts up to 40 MPH and consistent rain!!!! They actually broke their own record for having their lowest recorded temperature that day at 39 degrees!!!

This event for me was tough – aside from being tired and in another country – I also did not follow my rule of not drinking the day before (we toured Jameson Whiskey the day prior....so a couple shots of whiskey around noon.....wine at dinner = NO GOOD for me) – I also did not train well due to my PF and knee injury so the longest run I had done prior to this one was 11 miles.

I almost didn't participate as my PT was on the fence and told me that if I did it, to take it VERY easy.

I did okay for the first six miles – then all hell broke loose - I started to get tired – the first real hill came at mile 8 and I walked it. Then around mile 9 my foot started to hurt – I pushed it to mile 10 and walked for an entire mile to mile 11 at a 15 mm pace stopping every once and a while to stretch - which was miserable because at this point I was super cold and wet and I wanted nothing more than to stop and get warm.....maybe even have some more whiskey! Having thoughts of regret at this point, I truly wondered where I put my brains ... I ended up walk/running to the finish for the last 2 miles.

But - I did it!!!! I was SO HAPPY to cross that finish line!

In the meantime, my foot is still in PF land - but the knee is truly a non-issue (most of you might remember that I fell on it back in December - it's been painful to run on it until last month)

So I got lucky - next up is taking it easy - sleeping more - drinking less - getting healthy again and maybe just maybe I'll be able to do this distance again without all the drama!

Oh - my heart???? Had a check-up before I left a couple weeks ago - everything looks good!!!

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Re: Half Marathon in Ireland

Post by RoadKillBill on Sat Jun 13, 2015 5:17 pm

That is awesome! "Racing" as an injured tourist is a perfectly valid approach when other options aren't available. Glad the knee is better, sorry to hear about the persistent PF. What are you doing for PF therapy? I have been battling it myself, using the boots and stretching, and laying off running. I hope you get past the PF soon.

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Re: Half Marathon in Ireland

Post by trishb on Sat Jun 13, 2015 6:37 pm

How cool it is to finish a race in another country!
Well done!

Congrats for getting thru the weather issues ....and the drinking issues. Smile

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Re: Half Marathon in Ireland

Post by Dave Tuttle on Sun Jun 14, 2015 6:08 am

Nice race Rachel!! I'm so glad to hear your knee is better and hopefully that PF will ease up soon as well. Great news on the check up too!

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Re: Half Marathon in Ireland

Post by twal on Sun Jun 14, 2015 8:12 am

There are some days when we probably should stay in bed. But when you paid your entry fee and you have the opportunity, you might as well go for it. Nice job gutting it out.

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Re: Half Marathon in Ireland

Post by echoguy on Sun Jun 14, 2015 9:53 am

Congrats on the finish!! And isn't it nice to be able to write a race report and almost forget to mention your heart...sweet!!

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Re: Half Marathon in Ireland

Post by LMRun on Sun Jun 14, 2015 11:58 am

Congratulations Rachel. Glad the knee is a non-issue, sorry about the PF. Hopefully this resolves soon so that you can get back to running. Yay, good news on your checkup.

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Re: Half Marathon in Ireland

Post by Rachel August on Thu Jun 25, 2015 10:13 am

Hey thanks for the comments everyone!!!!

I've got video!!!!! Yup - video of me hobbling across the finish line - check it out!!!

Forward to 27:27 - I'm running right on that center white line - I'm in a long pink shirt wearing a baseball cap!!!

https://docs.google.com/a/hope.edu/file/d/0B9_Kri5jxnVZdW8xWXBtSkRkVDQ/edit

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Re: Half Marathon in Ireland

Post by Gary E on Thu Jun 25, 2015 10:29 am

Linda and I just watched your finish. So great to see you again, even if it is only on video tape. You look fabulous.
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Re: Half Marathon in Ireland

Post by Dave Tuttle on Fri Jun 26, 2015 7:49 pm

Nice video of the finish Rachel!! Very cool running in such fantastic places!

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