Monday, April 6, 2009

Race for the Roses: Race Report

First, I PR'd! Waaaa-hoo! Julianne is the best pacer ever, I'm sure I was a pain in the butt at some point (i.e. miles 9-13). I'll save you the suspense if you don't want to read all the way through...I didn't hit my 2:20 goal BUT I did PR by 11 minutes with a final time of 2:27:04. (And we totally zipped past a few peeps near the end.)
Poor Julianne flew up to Portland Saturday night and didn't get to my place until pretty late. But we were both up at 5:00am eating our toast with PB and drinking our French press coffee...mmmm! I was nervous! I really haven't been nervous in a long time. I think I was nervous because I had a specific goal, I'd posted about it, tweeted it and I had a pacer who knew my goal too.

We got to the start with plenty of time and took a few pictures. Go team Giraffe! (Apparently, that's my new nickname.)

Shortly after that photo was taken we found Erika! I knew Zach and Jen were going to be there too but sadly, we didn't see them. Emily and Amy were running the 5k which started 30 minutes after the half so I didn't think we would see them.


Before I knew it we were off and running, literally! Here are Team Giraffe's splits!
Mile 1 - 10:05; Mile 2 - 10:11; Mile 3 - 10:37; Mile 4 - 11:35 (hill)

I won't bore you with the details of the course, since there have already been many other race reports. Around mile 2 we saw Cindy, who was using this as a training run (she ran the 13.1 + another 7 to make 20...GO CINDY! P.S. She had the cutest race outfit on.)
Mile 5 - 10:27 (back on pace); Mile 6 - 9:59 (downhill baby); Mile 7 - 12:13 (dun, dun, dun)


Mile 6 lookin' good!

Clearly, I was having some trouble around mile 7. I took my Gu at 6.5 but it didn't kick in. I felt so great the first 6 miles, maybe too great.
Mile 8 - 10:36 (Gu kickin' in and maybe short?); Mile 9 - 12:00; Mile 10 - 11:40

By mile 10, I was struggling. Mr. Pi, the best hubby ever, who walked to several spots on the course to cheer and take pictures; was waiting around mile 11. He said he saw a bunch of people that we were ahead of at mile 6 go by and he was getting worried. By we did finally round the corner on the home stretch.

This is where Julianne was so awesome, saying all kinds of motivational stuff. Telling me "no walking," "walk after the finish line," "you came to PR," etc. She was fantastic! Knowing that I wouldn't make my "goal" time, if she hadn't been there I might have thrown in the towel and walked (and cried) the last two or three miles BUT because she was there motivating me and supporting me, reminding me that I was still going to have a BIG PR, I kept at it.

Mile 11 - 12:10; Mile 12 - 12:00; Mile 13 - 12:35; .1 - 9:20 (yeah sprint to the finish!)



This is the that final uphill that many others were complaining about. It WAS pretty mean to put this at 12.8! But Julianne and I made it to the top and even picked off a couple of people, namely this one chick who was superduper negative for the last half a mile telling us we had to "save ourselves for the hill" that we should "walk up the hill"...whateva biotch we kicked it right on past you! AND on the other side of the bridge we had cheerleaders! Sarah (bless her heart) didn't run either race but she was at the race start to see the 5kers off and watched all the PB&J's finish! Amy was also there cheering in the final stretch, basking in her 5k PR glory!

My official finish: 2:27:04

That's an 11 minute PR, as I mentioned in the first paragraph! Next 1/2, another 11 PR! I decided I'm going to go from the 2:30's to 2:20's to the teens to singles in 2009, maybe in 2010 I'll break 2 hours =). I even have a volunteer pacer for my next race (though, I told her she should talk to Julianne first and see if she REALLY wants to pace me.) I learned some valuable lessons on Sunday. 1) I need to work on starting off slower and finishing strong. 2) I think I need more fuel. I'm going to try Gu's every 4 or 5 miles instead of one halfway through. 3) Always stay positive...I'm going to try to channel Julianne during every race from now on. She was so positive and so supportive!
There were many PR's on Sunday and everyone put in a strong finish! After the race the PB&J's met up at Mother's for brunch and celebratory champagne.


Racers and spectators, minus the Barnes' who had already gone home to shower.
(Sarah, Mr. Pi, Me, Amy, Emily (who, like Amy, PR'd in the 5k) and the best pacer ever Miss Julianne)
Cheers to an awesome race and an awesome group of friends!

One thing that you could probably tell from the pictures is...spring finally came to Portland. The weather was just as predicated--gloriously sunny and warm (with a nice breeze). Have I mentioned how much I LOVE SUNSHINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

30 comments:

  1. Great race report! Once again, congrats on the huge PR - and with your dedicated training, I'm sure you'll have no problems with cutting another 11 minutes and so on. :D

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  2. Congratulations Alisa!!! YOU did an awesome job on Sunday. I was there to pace you but you really did it on your own. And I know you will PR again but another huge margin, too. Keep at it sister! I can't wait to see what you're gonna pull out next time. YOU did fabulous and I am really proud of you. And yes, Giraffe is your new nickname. Seriously, that's what it felt like when you sprinted pass me at the finish. I felt like a hippo. ;-)

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  3. Congratulations!!! I am so very happy for you. Now you know you can do it!

    Looks like you and the other bloggers had a nice meet up, as usual!

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  4. Congratulations! Great race!!!! You rocked it, especially that final sprint to the finish. (Okay, that negative lady SUCKS!)

    You and Julianne are totally cute. Go, team Giraffe!

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  5. Great race! glad you pr'd and had a good time. friends make all the difference when you can really support each other like that and hang out afterwards. 11 minutes is a HUGE pr. Rock on!

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  6. yay yay yay yay yay! What a great job and a great race report!

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  7. Wowza. 11 minute PR is HUGE. Great job girl. That's so awesome. And I love how you blew right past negative nelley. Seriously, who says stuff like that to other racers. Crazy biotch.

    Looks like post-race was a blast too. Can't wait to run in Portland and celebrate with you all.

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  8. once again, congrats on your awesome race & super PR. When's your next half? I think you should do the 4th of July Foot Traffic Flat! - that's over a month after your marathon, so you should be all recovered by then. And it's not likely to be crappy weather :)

    You are an awesome giraffe!

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  9. Congratulations on a great run! It was fun to spectate, but I do have to say I am jealous of the great weather you had to run in. You girls looked nothing like giraffes and hippos, just two happy, kick-butt, graceful runners.

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  10. Congratulations on the big PR. You did great out there! What a fun day!

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  11. Great race-- that's a HUGE PR even though you had a more ambitious (tee hee) goal, and yes, you will keep whittling down the time! Julianne sounds like a great pacer, but in the end, you're the one who has to do the hard work of pushing yourself physically through those difficult miles-- and you did a great job, AND I'm so glad you passed the negative nelly on the final hill. :) Is that a running skirt you wore? Very cute! I'm with you-- I love them!

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  12. team giraffe! i can't believe someone was doling out unsolicited (and crappy) advice. what a downer. good thing you tuned her out--you guys are great!

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  13. WOOOO congrats alisa!!! you did amazing, 11 minute PR is HUGE!! awesome race and awesome report :)

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  14. Wow -- 11 minutes?!?! That's terrific! Great job!

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  15. Oh girl... FOR SURE I'M PACING YOU!!!!!! :) I'm so happy for you and glad that you got your new shiny pr. You are going to do great at SD RnR. I'm def. running with you :)

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  16. Great job! It looks like it was a beatiful day. Perfect day to kick butt.

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  17. Yay! Way to go! I do my GU about every 45 minutes... I found it was pretty ideal for me.

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  18. This is a great report!! And you did a great job and that's all that matters!!

    Funny story though - the Hipster and I were talking about how tall I am. And he said I have ridculously short friends, except YOU! :)

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  19. awesome job Alisa :)!! Your legs look really toned and thin and fit too, I'm jealous, it must be all that running :). Hope you have a great Easter!

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  20. I am clearly a horrible blogging friend for I had no idea you had a half this weekend! I should be fired as a friend! I blame my job!!

    You raced a great race!!! Congrats! I'm a big fan of starting off slow. I always like to have a little more in the tank for the end-and it usually gives me negative splits. I have a goal to break as well. You've given me inspiration that I can knock a chunk of time off my current half PR. Mind you I keep getting older!!!

    Congrats on a great race!!

    Penny

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  21. WHOO HOO!!!!! Awesome race report and congrats on your PR! You did great! :D

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  22. Congrats on the solid time!

    Looks like is was a marvelous day out there. 11 minute PR is not to shabby.

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  23. Awesome, awesome job!!! Congratulations! I've never ran with a pacer before. I'm hoping to break 2 hours in the half, too. That's my ultimate half goal :)

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  24. p.s Okay, I DO like sunshine, just I prefer cold runs to hot runs. But if I were just walking around enjoying the day, sunshine all the way!

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  25. 11 minutes is HUGE!!! Great great job!!

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  26. Way to go Alisa, you did so great! The pics are wonderful. I think maybe it is just harder to turn over from leg to leg when you have long legs (that's what I tell myself anyway:)). I think more fuel is a good idea. On my last long run I stuck a bunch of gummy bears in my pocket and ate a couple every mile, then had Gu's every 5 miles and I really liked that strategy. I think you have many more PR's ahead!

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  27. Congrats Alisa!!! That is awesome, way to hang in there and stay positive :)

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  28. Wow! 11 min PR! That's great!!! Congratulations! I am so happy for you :)

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  29. CONGRATS CHICA!!! You totally freakin smoked that baby! ;D ;D Does this mean you're going to roll with the FIRST plan from now on? LOL! I'm so happy for you ;D ;D ;D

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