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Shamrock Weekend 2015

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I was looking forward to Shamrock 2015 because last year’s event was the first large organised race event that I had run.  This year, not only did I already know what to expect, but I had the opportunity to see how much progress I had made in the last twelve months and to see whether I could improve on my finish time.

So I ran the 8K race.  Last year’s finish time was 48:29, and I finished 146th in my age group and 2200th overall.

This year I finished in 44:34, almost four minutes faster 🙂 .  I finished 51st in my age group and 1416th overall.  So I’m very happy with those results!

Meanwhile Stateside Husband went one better.  Not only did he run the 8K on the Saturday (very graciously slowing down to keep pace with me) but he went on to run the half marathon on the Sunday too, thus completing the Dolphin Challenge.  Oh, and did I mention that he finished the half marathon in 1 hour 34 minutes?

I got a bit caught up in all the excitement of race weekend and somehow managed to sign myself up for two half-marathons for this year.  One in May (so I’m fully into the training now, with a couple of 8 mile runs under my belt), and another at the end of November, so I can restart serious training after the heat and humidity of summer have gone.  I’m not going to be quite as fast as the husband, and he has promised to pace me again as this will be the furthest distance I have ever run!  I’ve been really happy with my progress over shorter distances, having recently broken my own records for 1 mile, 5k and 8k distances, so it’ll be a new challenge to slow my pace down and go long distance instead.

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Surf n Santa 5 Miler

My last competitive run of the year and I hadn’t done much running for a few weeks due to our Thanksgiving break and some generally crappy weather, however I hadn’t bargained on the power of cold weather and the promise of free beer for improving one’s speed on race day.

The Surf n Santa is a five mile jaunt along the oceanfront and through the Christmas lights, with participants dressed in their best festive fancy dress.  I was an elf, pursued for much of the race by The Grinch.  I’m pleased to say I put in one of my best results (I thought it was a personal record but apparently I managed a similar time once before, go me!).  My overall time was 46:52, putting me 972 out of 4208 participants, 57th of 428 in my age group, and 410th of 2736 females.  And I got several free pints of Winter Lager for my efforts at a cracking Christmas party afterwards!

Now hanging up my competitive running shoes until my second go at the Shamrock 8K in March – and also hanging my Surf N Santa medal on the Christmas tree!

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