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13.1 and Done. The 2017 Marine Corps Half Marathon.

I am posting this a few days late, but this past Saturday I finally ran the half marathon that I had been preparing for since April. The Marine Corps Half Marathon started at 7 am on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville North Carolina. I was excited and a bit nervous and just wanted to post a good time for myself. During training I never exceed a distance of 10 miles in my runs. I figured if I can do 10, the extra 3 would be no problem. Based off my pace on those 10 mile runs I was hoping to finish the half marathon at a time right around 1 hour and 40 minutes.

I made sure I was right at the front of the pack for the race start so I wouldn’t have to dodge around slower folks and could settle right into my pace. This strategy worked well and I had plenty of clear air to work with for the entire race. Initially I pushed my pace a little too hard but a few miles into the race I settled down and stopped worrying about keeping up with folks in front of me. I found my rhythm and picked a pace that was challenging but one that I knew I could maintain for most of the race.

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I used my Galaxy S6 edge for music and run tracking. It was a little off on distance and I also forgot to stop it immediately after I crossed the finish but the numbers are close enough.

The last 3 miles of the course were a challenge. Cardio wise I was fine and nowhere near winded but my quads were just about done. It didn’t help that over the last 3 or so miles of the course there were long gradual hills. The type of hill that you normally wouldn’t think twice about but 11 miles into a run at a fast pace they were killer. I managed to push through them even though in the back of my head I wanted to stop and walk and I managed to pass a few  runners that were ahead of me for most of the race.

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More numbers from the run tracker on my phone. A little off. My pace might have been bit faster or slower than what the app recorded. The app was left running for a minute after I ended the run. 

Eventually I made it to the final mile and I held my pace so that I could go all out for the last quarter to half a mile. Once the finish line was in site I ran as fast as my legs would let me go. Once again my cardio was great and I crossed the line at 1hr and 47mins (according to the race clock) without even breathing hard. My legs were what held me back from going faster. I wasn’t thrilled with the time but was glad I was under 2 hours which was my ultimate goal.

When the times were posted I went to find my name and did not see myself listed at 1hr 47 so I started looking for my bib number and noticed it had me down for 1hr and 42 mins 17 sec. I was surprised and happy as this was closer to what my phone, which I started as soon as I crossed the start and turned off a minute after I had crossed the finish, had recorded. This put me at 44th overall out of 600 plus runners. I was very happy with that result. Next I began counting the people ahead of me in my age group (25-29). According to the list I was 5th fastest in my age group. Again I was very happy with that result.

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For some reason we decided to wait and listen for the age group awards to be announced. When they finally got to my group, they called off 3rd place and it wasn’t me so we assumed there was no chance I won anything and started getting ready to leave. To my surprise they announce second place for the 25-29 group and my name was called. My wife and I were both completely surprised. I still can’t believe it. I have always been a decent runner as far as maintaining a pace over distance but I just was never into running for fun and I still don’t really enjoy it like other runners do.

I took on this Half Marathon to challenge myself and also as something of a tribute or nod to my grandmother. Grammar as we call her, (we couldn’t pronounce grandma right as kids I guess and this just stuck) was a USA certified ski instructor for 30 years and taught me and my siblings how to ski and snowboard. She also ran multiple marathons and races, and has always led a very exciting and active lifestyle. Over the last couple of years she has developed Parkinson’s Disease and it has unfortunately taken a severe toll on her. The grandmother who was always the cool energetic woman now has trouble making it through the day. It is heartbreaking but she is a fighter and I am sure will be with us for a long time to come. So ultimately this one was for her. Love you Gram!

Overall I really enjoyed the experience. I am completely thrilled with my performance and overjoyed that I placed 2nd in my age group. Not bad for person that hates running and had never run a half marathon  or even passed 10 miles in a single run. So what next? I plan to keep running and and do some many more races. I am sure I will do a few more half marathons but no plans to do a full marathon any time soon. I can’t imagine going another 13.1 miles.

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My bib, finished medal and 25-29 age group second place award.

I think my wife has a few photos of me right after I finished. I will try to get them and add them. I probably look pretty terrible.

A to B

I have always enjoyed cars and Motorsports and after getting the opportunity to photograph the Red Bull GRC race at the beginning of the Month I have been itching to photograph more racing. I decided to go check out the local drag strip on Saturday night with my brother  and while the racing is from A to B and not as exciting as Rally Cross, I still had fun and managed to get a few shots that I will be sharing as I go through them. This was also an excellent opportunity for me to practice panning shots. I need to start going more often!

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This Mustang was very clean and made me miss mine.
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Sidewall wrinkles.

 

Cars Can Fly

I don’t know what speed the drivers were hitting the jump at but they were flying!

Knocking The Dirt Loose

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A little tug of the E-Brake going into the corner onto the dirt section knocks the dirt loose from the rear left wheel.

Working Hard

It is amazing to watch how hard the teams work to keep the cars competitive during the course of a race weekend. In scorching heat and disgusting humidity the mechanics and engineers work non-stop to keep the cars going.

 

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