• Run to Remember Half Marathon Recap

    May 30, 2011

    I never wanted a race to end so badly, but I crossed the finish line at the Run to Remember with a smile on my face.

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    I didn’t set a new PR, but I achieved my running goal for the year! :mrgreen:

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    Yesterday’s heat and humidity totally kicked my butt, but I listened to my body and walked through every water station while taking in fluids.

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    My knee didn’t hurt AT ALL during the race, which reminded me that running is a gift.

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    I didn’t run my best half marathon (I finished in 2:03:57), but there will be more races.

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    And more chances to PR!

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    Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out May 30, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Congrats, Tina! I ran my first 5K today, so can totally relate. It was SO HOT!!!

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    Kristy@RunTheLongRoad May 30, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Good for you! The heat and humidity have been brutal this weekend. I ran a 5K today and almost melted!

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    Kimberly May 30, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I’m so excited for your success. I am new to running and had to stop due to a knee injury. Physical Therapy is in my future too. Your earlier story about your knee and hip helps me stay hopeful.
    Really excited for you.

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    Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 30, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Congrats on the half, Tina. Just running a half is enough of an accomplishment… especially in the heat and humidity! Way to go!

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    Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa May 30, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Congratulations! Heat + humidity takes soooo much out of you right away.

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    Coach Brian May 30, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Always more races and more chances to PR! Haha. I wished you good luck in the race on your previous post, even though this report was already in my feed reader. I’m a little behind!

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    Christine (The Raw Project) May 30, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Congrats, great run! My last half couldn’t end soon enough either and sometimes just overcoming challenges and finishing are awesome enough!

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    Kristin @ STUFT Mama May 30, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Congratulations on your race. Yes, many more chances to PR. :)

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    Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 30, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    wahooo you did it! Congrats :) Nice time, too!

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    Carol May 30, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Love your attitude:) You are right…plenty more races and yes it is a gift to be able to run at all! Hope you have a great day!

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    Laurie May 30, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    I love the idea of “the race to remember”.
    I also love that your knee didn’t hurt, truly a gift.

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    Brittany May 30, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    What a great race! And what’s better than snuggling with Murphy post-race?

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    Amy May 30, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Congrats Tina!

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    Justeen @ Blissful Baking May 30, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Great job!! :) So glad that your knee didn’t bother you at all during the race!

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    Jamie aka "Sometimes Healthy Girl" May 30, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Congrats on a race well run! I’ll bet the humidity was killer so that is a great time. The most important thing is to end with a smile on your face and you did :-)

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    Mary May 30, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    ok. what is PR??

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    Tina May 31, 2011 at 9:54 am
    Hilary May 30, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Nicely done! Even your “non-PR” is still way faster than my time…you go girl!

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    Kiran May 30, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Love your positivity. Many beat themselves up way too hard for not PR’ing. Congrats Tina & Mal :)

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    Sarah May 30, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    It was so hot and humid yesterday on that course! I was so thankful it was over not too long after the clouds broke, glad to hear you made it through and your knee held up :) Your PR will come.

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    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 30, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Congrats Tina! Just being able to finish a half marathon is a huge accomplishment in itself. :)

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    Meghan @ StruggleMuffins May 30, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Congratulations Tina, you should be proud of yourself for finishing strong despite some intense heat and humid and having weathered an injury. I know how frustrating it can be when you get a lot of momentum with racing and then you have a race that isn’t your best, but it can be really motivating too!

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    Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner May 30, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Great job on your half today–so happy that you had no pain!
    :)

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    Mac May 30, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Congrats on the run!

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    Elisabeth May 30, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Congratulations, Tina! (especially since it was so warm this weekend…)

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    Alex May 31, 2011 at 9:03 am

    This was my first Half Marathon and while the heat was brutal, it was a great crowd. Met a fellow runner around mile 9 who really helped me get through the last 4 miles (especially mile 13 where i just wanted to walk so badly – she wouldn’t let me. “We’re not going to walk the last mile!”) Congrats to everyone who ran!

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    Christina May 31, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Congratulations! I ran this as well (my first half) and the humidity really was terrible but I had fun anyways — more so after I finished haha. :)

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    Lauren May 31, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Nice job, Tina! I’m glad to hear that your knee didn’t bother you — that’s wonderful! You ran an awesome race, especially considering the heat!

    I ran in Newport, RI yesterday, and found the combination of fog/humidity to be kind of difficult to manage, to say the least. Weather conditions definitely play a huge role in your run. I find that my runs are generally not as good in the summer, unless I wake up at 5 am :)

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    becca (bellebottoms) May 31, 2011 at 10:08 am

    love the pyschadelic headband! so cute! Is that a bondiband??

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    Tina May 31, 2011 at 10:13 am
    becca (bellebottoms) May 31, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    yea! thanks!! I love the “will run for wine”…it speaks to the italian in me! :)

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    Amber May 31, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Great job! I am hoping to run to my first half this fall. You motivate me to stick to it!

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    Ali @ Ali Runs May 31, 2011 at 11:24 am

    I ran a half on Sunday too and it was HOT!! I didn’t even come close to PR-ing, but I was okay with it. Congrats on the race! :)

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    Liz May 31, 2011 at 11:25 am

    I didn’t set a PR either on that course. I realized I hadn’t hydrated the day before and it was hot! Speed stopped mattering once I saw people on the side of the road getting oxygen – I was just grateful to be healthy and upright!

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    Amanda@RunningOnCoffee May 31, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Great news that your knee didn’t hurt and while not a PR, you still ran a half marathon with an impressive time! Running in heat AND humidity sucks.

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    Pamela June 1, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Congrats on the race, Tina. I also ran the Race to Remember and found it super tough to get through because of the heat. You weren’t the only one whose butt got kicked ;)

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