Foot Traffic Half – mini report

It was hot.

I ran consistently.

Cool & Full of hope: Sarah, Amy & Julie
Cool & Full of hope: Sarah, Amy & Julie

I PR’d (by 2:25! woo!)

The splits are pretty awesome.  I feel fantastically consistent. 🙂

Miles 1&2 (missed mile 1): 20:49

Mile 3: 10:03

Mile 4: 10:19

Mile 5: 10:14

I was feeling pretty good during the race. I was passing a lot of people, but since my splits were pretty consistent, I tried not to worry that for once I was passing more people than were passing me. I took my 1st Gu at mile 5.

Mile 6: 10:17

Mile 7: 10:13

Mile 8: 10:17

Mile 9: 10:10

Mile 10: 10:17

I passed JM at about mile 7.5 – she was really struggling, but even though she mentioned considering a DNF, but I knew she’d finish!

I took my 2nd Gu at mile 10, and knew at that point that I was going to PR. I started passing more people. I did see a puker at mile 8 or 9, but I was still feeling really great.

Mile 11: 10:19

Mile 12: 10:08

Mile 13: 10:07

Mile 13.1 (1:05/8:27 pace)

Sprinting for the Finish
Sprinting for the Finish

Final time: 2:14:22!  Average 10:15 pace. I am so pleased & happy!

I didn’t see the architect when I crossed the finish line, but found him pretty soon. I got some water & some strawberry shortcake. The shortcake was good, but too much too soon. Then we waited for JM – and it wasn’t too much longer before she crossed the finish line.

Sweaty at the end.....
Sweaty at the end.....

After walking around for a while, we headed back to my place for quick showers and then brunch at Gravy. It was a long wait, but once the bloody marys & breakfast came, things were better.

I did have a lot of leg cramps post-run, but that seems to have finally gotten better. I was wiped out though – I took a nap this afternoon (which is totally not me at all), and have been staying close to the bathroom for the last few hours (TMI!).

I am thinking it might be almost time for more food & beer!

Happy Independence Day American peeps!

Recent Comments

  • Michael
    July 4, 2009 - 5:40 pm ·

    Great job! I thought of you on this hot day, and to be honest, was extremely happy to not be you 😉

  • Sarah
    July 4, 2009 - 7:47 pm ·

    You really were a rock star today! So proud of you 🙂 And looks like you crossed the finish line happy! As well you should be considering it was bloody hot!! Bloody Mary Hot, that is – yummy!

    side note – how come no one has ever told me I have cankles / kankles? Don’t even know how to spell it even though it looks like I have them!

  • Susan
    July 5, 2009 - 7:43 am ·

    Congrats on an awesome race and such consistent splits! It always feels good to finish strong, instead of fading at the end. And it looks like fun to run through the giant blow up finish line!

  • Jen
    July 5, 2009 - 9:17 am ·

    Awesome!! Congratulations. Very impressive pace and SO consistant! You really had a perfect day despite the heat. Good job!! 🙂

  • P.O.M.
    July 6, 2009 - 2:18 pm ·

    Yeahhhhhhhhhhh!!!!! You did awesome.
    I’m wondering about your leg cramps. Maybe take another look at your nutrition. Are you getting enough Magnesium and Potassium?

    • gazelle
      July 6, 2009 - 2:36 pm ·

      I was wondering that. I used to eat bananas like it was my religion (and honestly, that is so much better than going to confession), but started to feel guilty about having food shipped 5 million miles just so I could eat my favorite fruit, so I haven’t been buying bananas lately. Only stuff that comes from the NW. Also, limes, because I am slightly hypocritical when it comes to fresh mojitos.

      BUT, I bought a banana today, because I am STILL having leg craps two days later.

      I think I’m going to try those salt capsules, too, because I know I was super dehydrated & my shirt was caked in salt when I was finished.

      I really need to make an appointment with a sports nutritionist person to evaluate all that stuff. Perhaps I will do that today!

  • aron
    July 6, 2009 - 7:15 pm ·

    omgosh YESSSS consistency!!!! WOW awesome job girl!! congrats on another great PR 🙂

  • kathy
    July 7, 2009 - 8:56 am ·

    I just stumbled across your website – congrats on the 1/2! I ran it as well – wasn’t it a beautiful course? What a great way to celebrate the 4th!

    • gazelle
      July 11, 2009 - 2:50 pm ·

      It was a beautiful course – but I would’ve been happy with a cooler day! Oh well – it was a great race.

      Congrats on your run as well – and thanks for stopping by!

  • skinnyrunner
    July 9, 2009 - 11:15 am ·

    have you lost weight because you look way skinnier in these running pics?!?! great time too btw. of course that isn’t as important as looking skinny but still….

    • gazelle
      July 11, 2009 - 2:51 pm ·

      The scale doesn’t seem to think I’ve lost weight, but my clothes (and my husband) disagree. Whatever’s happening, I think I’m getting way more toned & less chunky. Thanks! 🙂

  • SnowDance
    July 9, 2009 - 7:45 pm ·

    Congrats on last run and time! WOW…you have really increased your time! Wish I could do that…way to go Amy! Sounds and looks like the concert was great too!