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Tipperary Hill Shamrock Run Race Recap

Yesterday I did race #2 of the year, the 4 mile Tipperary Hill Shamrock Run.  I was a bit nervous, as my ankle has been acting weird the past couple weeks, and the course is very hilly.  It was a windy and rainy day, but the temperature was nice for running.

It was a big race, about 3000 participants, with people dressed in fun St. Patrick’s Day outfits.  Very well organized (until mile 4…) with bands playing at all the pubs in the areas and neighborhood people out cheering.

I started off really well, completing the first two miles in under a half hour and feeling good.  I followed my plan to walk the uphills, run the downhills and jog the straights.  Then came mile 3, which was uphill.  For a mile.  Against the wind.  Ugh.  I slowed way down here.  I was definitely pushing myself and made it to top eventually.  Mile 4 was confusing as the volunteer had apparently decided they were finished directing people, so we didn’t know which was to go and had to ask people who were walking back to their cars, which really killed my time and my mood.  Mile 4 was also pretty hilly, but nowhere near

My training runs where I now really push at the end helped me sprint to the finish, which was much nicer than my last race, where i felt like I was going to die by the end.

Final stats were:

4 miles, 1:07:30, 16:53 pace

Garmin had me at 4.12 miles, 1:08:07, 16:32 pace (was probably the same time as the chip, I forgot to turn it off when I crossed the finish line).  As we can see, I need to work on my weaving, having added .12 miles to the 4 mile race.  (No split times as I hadn’t set up my Garmin correctly.  It is now set to lap on each mile).

I am really happy with my time.  My first race, one month ago, had my pace as 17:16.  This was a flat, easy course.  To see how much my training has paid off is very motivating.  If this had been a flat course I believe I would have completed it in under an hour.

Bling received was a tech t-shirt, a towel (which will really come in handy at the gym) and St. Patrick’s Day beads.

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