Carlsbad 1/2 Marathon Race Report

Wow! That was so much harder than I anticipated! I initially did the math by dividing 120 minutes by 13.1 miles & came at 9.16 which for weeks I thought meant I needed to keep a pace of 9:16 mins/mile to keep under 2 hours.  Boy was I wrong, I don’t know what I was thinking & yes I am an engineer! haha

Anyways, I did it!  I had to pick up my pace for the last like 4 miles in order to do it, but I pushed and I succeeded.  It was awesome & really hard!  Here’s my stats:

Summary 01:59:45 13.19 09:04
1 00:10:09 1.00 10:09
2 00:09:11 1.00 09:11
3 00:09:13 1.00 09:13
4 00:09:04 1.00 09:04
5 00:09:24 1.00 09:24
6 00:09:05 1.00 09:05
7 00:09:23 1.00 09:23
8 00:09:10 1.00 09:10
9 00:09:09 1.00 09:09
10 00:08:51 1.00 08:51
11 00:08:39 1.00 08:39
12 00:08:35 1.00 08:35
13 00:08:19 1.00 08:19
14 00:01:24 0.19 07:21

We started near the back of Wave 3 and there were tons of people. The announcer said multiple times that there were 10,000 people running the 1/2 marathon! Mile one was very difficult to get moving because of the crowd which meant we had to make up that time elsewhere during our run.

I remember looking at my garmin at mile 10 & realizing I had to run 3.1 miles and had a time on my watch of 1:33.  That meant I needed to keep of pace of 8:42 (if I’m doing my math right) for the rest of the race.  That is pretty fast for me!

Official results were:

Overall: 2135 out of 7018
Women: 878 out of 4324
F 25-29: 162 out of 777
Age/Grade: 55.00% Place: 2000
Finish: 1:59:43 Pace: 9:08
Tag Time: 1:59:43
Gun Time: 2:06:39

Pretty close to my garmin’s results, the extra distance on my garmin probably came from not cutting the course right. I can’t believe there were 777 other women in my age group, it seems like a lot but then again I guess there were 10,000 runners!

Look at my ugly face coming in to the finish line!

Congrats to Missi who finished her 1st Marathon in 3:53:31!  She killed it!

My VAVI runners! Everyone PRed!

Post run celebration took place at Pizza Port where we had some more pizza & beer.  I think I’m sick of pizza for a bit!  We watched the Green Bay/Chicago game & had great plans for the next game but came home & passed out.. I guess that’s acceptable.

Now off to find some more food & probably call it an earlyish night!

“Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it’s all about.”
-PattiSue Plumer, U.S. Olympian



Filed under Exercise, Marathon, Running, Uncategorized

7 responses to “Carlsbad 1/2 Marathon Race Report

  1. Leslie A.

    C0ngrats!! I knew you could break 2 hours, I’m so proud of you!! Hope you get some rest and enjoy your week 🙂

  2. Missi

    Wow you kicked some butt those last few miles. So proud of you chica! Can’t wait to run the safari park half marathon and ragnar relay with you…. and maybe even the rock and roll full. Haha. Great job yesterday though!

  3. Jacqui Valkema

    Great job Tammy! You kicked some ASS!

  4. Maxine

    Congratulations! You did a great job and reached your goal. Pamper yourself this week.

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