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Miles Completed = 29.01
(Run/Walked = 29.01, Biked = 0.0, Elliptical = 0.0)

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

2015 Run for Ryan House Half Marathon

Okay this was one strange and unusual race. This is the third time I've done this race...It is a race that has kicked me when I was down twice before and the third time was no different.

The race started at 7:00am and it was about 55 degrees and very windy. This is an incredibly small race and I knew that I would be at the back of the pack the whole time.

I started the race at a slow and comfortable pace, not worrying about being at the back of the pack. The first part of the race was mostly downhill - that's great, but that means we're going uphill later. I was thrown off because I didn't see any mile markers - turns out, they were there, but the wind blew them over.  I'm having Avengers deja vu.

I was doing my 45 second walk/30 second run intervals and honestly I was feeling really good. My legs were feeling fantastic - probably the best they've felt in quite some time. Still I was trying to keep it slow and easy. I finished the 5K at a 14:15 per mile pace.

Then the tough part of the course came...and I truly remembered why this race is so tough. Here was the uphill, and this isn't Florida overpass hill, it's a good mile of steady climb. If that isn't bad enough it was in to the wind the whole way. And I walked...no shame in that, figured I'd save myself for the last half of the race.

Still feeling good even with the hill and at the 10K point I was still at a 14:41 per mile pace. I'm okay with that. I had been drinking water, but not every mile because I wasn't able to see the mile markers. There were water stops every two miles and I took a Gatorade at each one. I felt like I was drinking enough.

Remember all the downhill in the beginning? Yep, now it's all back uphill. By mile 8 I was starting to feel tired. My legs were still doing okay, but I was just dragging a bit. Still I was trying to run/walk as best I could. I was beginning to wonder if I was going to be able to finish the race at about the 9 mile point.

I kept going and I finally hit the 10 mile point and I was at a 15:16 per mile pace. Perfectly fine pace for the course, but then things just went very weird.

I am walking along and all of a sudden I think I have to sit down, I have to stop. This doesn't make sense, what's going on. I just started feeling quite odd. I wasn't hurting in my legs, my breathing was not fantastic, but under control, and still I felt like my body wasn't under my control. It was really all I could do to put one foot in front of the other. I would look at my feet and it was as if someone else was controlling them.  I struggled to keep lifting my feet and moving them forward.

Finally, at 10.63 miles I came to an intersection with two police and I asked if there was anyone picking people up if they needed to stop. They said they'd check and see what they could find out. At this point I just needed to stop and there were only three people behind me and I knew they'd be catching up soon. I stood there, took off my watch, put my headphones away and finished my water. Here comes the next person and she tries to coax me in to finishing, but I'm just not feeling it. I'm swollen and I am pretty sure I am dehydrated which doesn't make sense with the amount of water and Gatorade I have had to drink.

Here come the last two people and the bike that has been following them. He informs me that his radio is dead, but he'll go ahead and find someone. The last two women encourage me to keep going with them. I walk a while longer and I'm just feeling like this is going to kill me. Then the bike guy comes back and tells me that someone will get me right around the next corner. This coincided with the next water stop.

I get there and talk to two race officials and he said he would pull his truck around and the other guy waited with me. I asked how close we were to being done and he said about a mile. I couldn't really pull off with a mile left. The volunteers were packing up the water stop, but I saw a guy carrying bottled water. I asked if I could have one and he told me they ran out and he had to go to the store to get some, but sure I could have one.  I let him know that he was my lifesaver today!

So, on I went trying to catch up to the last two people and the bike. It took a while, but I did finally catch them and they were great girls. It was their first half marathon and they were just in it to finish - one and done as they said. They were really nice and we chatted along the way and kept each other moving.

Turns out, my Garmin was right and there was still over two miles to go, but now I at least had company to suffer through the rest of the way with. They were picking up the cones as we passed them. It was certainly a different experience. Finally we were at the finish chute and I hung back to let the two girls finish together in front of me. So, I was officially the very last person to cross the finish line - not sure if my time was the slowest because they started a few seconds ahead of me, but I'll have to see what happens when the official results are up.

I managed to finish even with two lengthy stops on the course. I can't really explain what happened out there, it was nothing I've ever experienced before and I hope to not experience it ever again. Still, thanks to the kindness of strangers I managed to get myself across the finish line.

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Yep, that's the start...I told you this was a very small race field
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At least the scenery is pretty!

2015 Lost Dutchman Half Marathon

I was glad to be back in Arizona for the Lost Dutchman events. In the past I have done the 8K Trail Run, but this year I decided to go for the half marathon. It's a road race and the last half of the marathon follows the half marathon course.

Sadly, this wasn't a stellar race day for me. Did a rookie mistake and started out to fast, but truly died at the half way point. I was more sore after this race than I have been in years and it was truly hard to move - my left heel was in complete agony, my right knee gave me trouble the whole time and both hips hurt. It was strange because I felt dehydrated even though I was downing water and even Gatorade. Despite all that I did finish so it could have been worse.

At my mile 8-9 the lead marathon male went by, then at mile 10 a guy comes running by and asked - can I catch him? I yelled - yes you can he is right up there and on he zoomed by. When I got to the finish stretch he was on the side and I yelled, "did you catch him?"  He grinned and said, "Yes, yes I did!"  I checked when I got home and he finished the marathon in first place - with a time of 2:51, beating the lead runner he passed by just over 2 minutes...so that was a lot of fun to be a part of.

It had been a while since I had done a non-Disney half and I forgot how much more mental toughness it takes to do a race with no entertainment and minimal spectator support. Still this is a beautiful course and the volunteers were great.  If you're ever in Arizona in mid-February come on out and give this one a try.

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Pre-race the prospector and his trusty donkey were setting up for photos
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Yep, I know I'm in trouble when the last pace sign is a 12 minute per mile pace
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Cloudy start and the view is quite pretty
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A little closer to the hills on the later part of the course
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I'm at the back of the pack and you can see I don't have to worry about crowding on this course
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This is the dirt road I walk to in order to get back to my car.  Yes, they have bus transportation to and from the parking, but I figure it's usually better to walk it off than catch a ride and really it's just so pretty

2015 Star Wars Half Marathon

Being an inaugural race and a different course I wasn't sure what expect for this race, but I have to say I really enjoyed this race and this course.  The course was fast and flat and I took advantage of that and finished much faster than I have in a long time.
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Rebel Challenge bit for Star Wars Half Marathon
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Odd that we had to take a picture for the Rebel Challenge, but still had a wrist band for the Coast to Coast Challenge
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Half Marathon participant long sleeve tech shirt
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Star Wars Rebel Challenge participant long sleeve tech shirt
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Star Wars Half Marathon commemorative pin
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Star Wars Half Marathon medal replica pin
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Star Wars Rebel Challenge commemorative pin
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Star Wars Rebel Challenge medal replica pin - spinner includes Yoda on one side and Darth Vader on the other
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Coast to Coast medal replica pin
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Star Wars Half Marathon commemorative necklace
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Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend car magnet
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Star Wars Half Marathon car magnet
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Star Wars Rebel Challenge car magnet
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Star Wars Rebel Challenge car magnet
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Bondi Band
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Bondi Band - Notice that they forgot to replace something again as there's a line of x's
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Star Wars Half Marathon tech shirt
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Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend T-Shirt
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Light weight windbreaker hooded jacket - I don't usually spend this much on jackets, but this one caught my eye.  I like the pattern on the top as it is reflective. It also has zippered pockets which are nice.
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This is the emblem on the jacket
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2015 Coast to Coast Tech Shirt
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Right up in the front of the corral again
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Walking up to the start line for our turn
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Rudy and Carissa on the stage to send everyone on their way
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And we're off
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View from the other side
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Lots of projections on the buildings
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See, more projections
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And even more projections
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Not that you can tell, but that's Mile Marker 1
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In to Disneyland
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On Main Street
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No going through the castle during this half
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Mile 2
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Heading in to Frontierland
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Such a pretty sky this morning.  Right around here there were some Storm Troopers available for photos
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Those dizzying tea cups with no one in them
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Heading in to Tomorrowland
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Darth Vader and more Storm Troopers out for pictures - with the end of the line a far, far, far galaxy away.  You know it's bad when they have queue lines out for characters during a race
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A little bit of nostalgia in Tomorrowland
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For some reason no one was stopping to take pictures of the Mile 3 marker
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A crowded water stop with the Tower of Terror in the background.  Yes, this area was really that crowded and it was pretty much a slow walk through there

There were some Jedis taking pictures as we entered in to California Adventure
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Strange place for a trolley car
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Storm Troopers and a waterfall
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On the way to Paradise Pier
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Good morning Mickey
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And more Jedis - they seem to be everywhere
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Cheering Cast Members - so cool
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Mile 4 and this area was pretty crowded as well
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Entering Radiator Springs area
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Such pretty light as the sun comes up
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In Cars Land
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And now we're out of the parks and it's mile 5.  I had fun walking through the parks with my running buddy De'Dee, but I was feeling pretty good so I decided to start my run/walk intervals at this point in the race.  I felt bad leaving De'Dee, but I knew she would be fine and probably end up catching me.
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While this guy was standing out there taking pictures with runners, there were actually several runners on the course dressed in fully Chewie gear...that's just crazy!
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Mile 6 and a house in the background
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Mile 7 and yep, more houses in the background
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Mile 8 and it starts to get a bit interesting in this section
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We had a full stretch of road filled with Star Wars cosplayers.  Some of them were truly spectacular.
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Smile Darth
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Where did you park those fighters?
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Storm Troopers bustin' a move?
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Who is the ice cream maker guy?
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Mile 9
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Mile 10
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I salute this man - we went back and forth quite a bit along the course as we were both doing run/walk, but I have to tell you that flag never drooped once on the course.  He held it strong and proud through the whole race.  It was truly impressive.
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Mile 11 - just right there in the middle of the road
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So Chewie is giving free hugs while the Storm Trooper just hangs back.  They were advertising the Hollywood Half Marathon (I think)
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For some reason people were super excited by the Mile 12 marker...I was still just plugging along doing my run/walk intervals and trying to push myself
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Running along a nice shady stretch of road
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Headed by the Disneyland Hotel on a walk interval
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I know that I'm almost done and I'm pushing right through to the end
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Mile 13
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Right there at the finish line
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Gotta make sure the Garmin gets switched to my cool down lap
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Okay - got my half marathon medal
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Now I have my half medal, my rebel challenge medal and my coast to coast medal
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Half finisher photo
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Challenge finisher photo
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2015 Star Wars Half Marathon medal - notice anything missing?  You guessed it - this is an inaugural medal, but the word inaugural is no where to be found on the medal
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At least the half lanyard says inaugural on it
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Rebel Challenge Medal Yoda side
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Rebel Challenge Darth Vader side
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Rebel Challenge lanyard
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Coast to Coast Medal
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2015 Coast to Coast Lanyard

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