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Space Coast Half Marathon Recap

by Meghann on November 29, 2009

I was all smiles at the finish line today. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I blew away any sort of goal I had claimed before starting the race and crossed the finish line with a new personal record of 1:52:51!! ๐Ÿ™‚

That is a full 6 minutes faster then my previous PR and 14 minutes faster then my first half marathon a year ago. Woo hoo!!!

Everything about this race was absolutely perfect. From the weather to the course I would not change a single thing. ๐Ÿ™‚

My race day began this morning with the beep beep of my alarm clock at 4:00 am! I pounced out of bed and immediately pieced together a pre-race breakfast of pumpkin scone, barney butter, and a pear.

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We had a 20 minute drive to the start line in Cocoa. Kelly and I immediately found the porta potties and took care of business.

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Kelly and I had a great support system to see us off and wait for us at the finish line. My Dad, Anthony and Derek all were up at 4:00am as well and stuck around for the near 2 hours waiting for us to finish. They all rock, ๐Ÿ™‚

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It was freezing this morning! I had layered up before leaving the house, but knew I would warm up during the race. Right before Kelly and I loaded our corral I shedded the excess layers.

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At 6:00am the race officials did a 3-2-1 Blast Off and we were off!

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Kelly and I started the race together. We found a comfortable pace behind the 3:50 marathon pace group and hung around them as long as we could. Eventually they pulled ahead, but we held strong at an 8:30 pace.

I had secretly planned on trying to run an 8:30 pace for the entire half, but you just never know how your body is going to feel and what speed it will want to run until the morning of the race. After the first 2 miles of holding that pace I knew my body could do this, I knew my body could hold this pace, and I knew I was going to kick this race’s ass!

I lost Kelly at the second water stop. She had urged me to go on ahead and as I pulled ahead I tried not to look back. The whole time I could sense her behind me and I knew she was kicking some booty as well.

I started to heat up around mile 5 and ditched my gloves with one of the volunteers at an intersection. The sun had finally rose and the views of the water were breath taking. The whole course was along the Indian River and at either point along the way you had the water on one side and gorgeous million dollar houses on the other. ๐Ÿ™‚

Just before mile 6.5 I hit the turn around point and began my way back to where I started. I found Kelly in the crowd heading the other direction and gave her a high five. We both gave our own words of encouragement and continued on the race.

Running the opposite direction, I was able to people watch. I love watching other runners run. Everyone is out there for their own personal reasons and I always wonder what they are. Why did this person select this particular race? Are they running for charity? Are the running to lose weight? Are they running to set a PR? I want to know everyone’s stories. ๐Ÿ™‚

Mile 9 was mainly uphill. I hit a bit of a wall and took 2 Clif Shot Blocks to try to counteract it.

The battery to my ipod died at mile 11. A few obscenities may have escaped my mouth at this point. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Once the ipod was gone I pretty much wanted the race to be over. I picked up the speed a little bit to make that happen and before I knew it I was turning corner after corner and finding my way to the finish line.

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The end to this half marathon is a little annoying as you make 5 turns before finally seeing the finish line, but how they have everyone run under a covered pathway to the finish was pretty cool.

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Official finish time 1:52:51 Avg Pace 8:37

I crossed the finish line, grabbed a water, and turned around to watch Kelly cross the finish line.

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This was Kelly first official half marathon and she finish in an AMAZING time of 1:54:25!!!

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Go Kelly!!!

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Instead of providing mylar blankets at the finish line they handed out beach towels. I snuggled up in mine.

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They were serving a full breakfast for all finishers, but the line was way to long. I settled on the much shorter line for orange slices and rolls.

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When we made it home I had a yogurt, apple, and granola bar that I found in my parent’s pantry.

It was a great race day! I would not have changed a thing. ๐Ÿ™‚ In fact crossing the finish line today has me ever more pumped for my full marathon in January. Bring it on!!

{ 78 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jess (Fit Chick in the City) November 29, 2009 at 12:09 pm

Congrats on a great race! You must feel really great right now! Thanks for the recap.

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2 skinnyrunner November 29, 2009 at 12:15 pm

congrats on the pr!!!! what a great race. love all the race pics too.

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3 Courtney November 29, 2009 at 12:22 pm

This is the greatest breakdown of a race, ever. HOT DAMN YOU WERE SMOKIN! What a beeeeeyatch about the iPod dying.

Amazing pics, happy family and friends were there to support you, too!

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4 blueberrymuffins November 29, 2009 at 12:25 pm

Amazingggggggg!!!!! ugh on the ipod- but you did itttt!!!

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5 Julie November 29, 2009 at 12:27 pm

Congrats to you and Kelly! You have come such a long way, it’s amazing!

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6 runningd0wnadream November 29, 2009 at 12:31 pm

i agree with you – such a pretty course, and great weather! i was volunteering and stationed around the 9 mile point (and 3ish?) and did plenty of people watching. even the guy on stilts! congrats on kicking some major race butt! ๐Ÿ™‚

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7 Jennyh November 29, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Wow Meghann you are a speed demon! Congrats on a strong successful race both mentally and physically! You are so gonna break 4 hrs in your marathon! Congrats! Now go eat some much deserved yummy treats ๐Ÿ™‚

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8 thefitbride November 29, 2009 at 12:36 pm

Great job! You’re making me excited for my upcoming half. (In April…but whatever.)

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9 Rachael November 29, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Congrats on your new PR! You both look so happy and proud in your pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

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10 [email protected] November 29, 2009 at 12:38 pm

Congrats to you and Kelly, great job ladies.

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11 Erin November 29, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Congrats on the PR!! What a great way to end the holiday weekend!

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12 Danielle November 29, 2009 at 12:41 pm

That is AWESOME! I’m so glad that you had a great race this morning! Congrats to both you and Kelly ๐Ÿ™‚

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13 fattiefatterton November 29, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Wow, congrats on your PR!! You and Kelly must be natural athletes to run so well. ๐Ÿ™‚

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14 Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) November 29, 2009 at 12:54 pm

Hooray for PRs! Will this change your marathon goal time at all? Perhaps a BQ (Boston Qualifier) attempt? ๐Ÿ™‚

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15 Carolyn November 29, 2009 at 12:54 pm

Congrats!! Great job!

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16 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) November 29, 2009 at 12:54 pm

Congrats on your PR! That’s great ๐Ÿ™‚ I am so happy for you!

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17 The Pancake Girl November 29, 2009 at 12:59 pm

CONGRATS! That’s awesome!

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18 Kara November 29, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Congratulations on knocking that race out of the park!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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19 Mama Pea November 29, 2009 at 1:07 pm

What a great race and kick ass PR!!! Your pictures look amazing too. I’m jealous of your new toy (not Derek…he’s your old toy).

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20 Karla November 29, 2009 at 1:12 pm

Congratulations! Reading about your race makes me want to sign up for one!

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21 Julianne November 29, 2009 at 1:13 pm

Congrats on running such a great race!

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22 Niki November 29, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Great job girl!! Congrats on the PR!!

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23 runningaroundnormal November 29, 2009 at 1:18 pm

Congrats, woman! Way to kick that race’s booty! What a wonderful time. I enjoyed the recap :)`

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24 Gina G November 29, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Way to go girl! You and your sister did AMAZING =)

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25 MelissaNibbles November 29, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Congrats! Awesome time!!!

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26 VeggieGirl November 29, 2009 at 1:26 pm

MAJOR CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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27 intheskinny November 29, 2009 at 1:32 pm

Way to go on the PR!!! That’s amazing!!

The whole ipod dying thing would have really pissed me off and made me run fast.

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28 Emily November 29, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Great job! This makes it sound so exciting ๐Ÿ™‚

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29 merittothecarrot November 29, 2009 at 1:35 pm

FANTABULOUS JOB! Congratulations Meghann ๐Ÿ™‚

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30 Tay November 29, 2009 at 1:43 pm

Congrats on your race!!!! You are all smiles, it’s so cute ๐Ÿ™‚

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31 inmytummy November 29, 2009 at 1:46 pm

Congratulations! You did wonderfully.

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32 caronae November 29, 2009 at 2:06 pm

Congrats to both of you guys on the amazing PR’s! All of your speedwork has paid off!

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33 Brittany November 29, 2009 at 2:07 pm

Congrats to you and Kelly both- You both got great times!!!

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34 Dani November 29, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Congrats to you both – awesome times!! The pictures are beautiful!

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35 Lizzy November 29, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Congrats on your New PR! thats awesome!! you totally rocked!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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36 Meg November 29, 2009 at 2:29 pm

Awesome, and congrats to both of you beauties!!

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37 Kelsey November 29, 2009 at 2:33 pm

amazing job, meghann!!! congrats congrats congrats ๐Ÿ˜€
your recap instantly made me so happy because you sound absolutely elated and proud. you sound so pumped for your marathon race, which i can tell you are going to kick some major ass!

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38 KatieMoo November 29, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Yay! Congrats on such an awesome run, Meghann! Keep running, you’re such an inspiration!

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39 Kelly from Bridges and Bites November 29, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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40 Jess (What's Normal, Anyways?) November 29, 2009 at 2:49 pm

What an awesome looking race! Who was your photographer for the day? Cause they did a great job!

Reading your glowing race recaps makes me want to get my lazy butt out their and start training again. Thanks for the inspiration, enjoy your Sunday of much deserved rest and relaxation!

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41 strawberrysuitcase November 29, 2009 at 2:50 pm

great job! that is an amazing time and most importantly, you had fun! just curious: do you have trouble sleeping the night before a big race? with a 4 am wake-up call I feel like I’d be so anxious and have trouble sleeping. are you so used to the races now that you have no trouble? have a great day!

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42 Matt November 29, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Congrats on the half marathon ๐Ÿ™‚

That is a great time!

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43 Evan Thomas November 29, 2009 at 2:53 pm

Congrats on that time!

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44 chloe1984 November 29, 2009 at 2:53 pm

Hooray for both of you! You girlies are awesome!

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45 coco November 29, 2009 at 3:00 pm

congrats!!!!! you’re such a great runner! I can see how happy you were crossing the end line from the first picture! ๐Ÿ˜€

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46 Danielle C. November 29, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Congrats on the PR!!! I love your running top, what brand/style is it?

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47 Alyssa November 29, 2009 at 3:25 pm

Congrats to you and Kelly!!!! I love how you are smiling in your finish line pic, you look so happy ๐Ÿ™‚

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48 healthy ashley November 29, 2009 at 3:33 pm

Congrats on your huge PR! The race looks fun!

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49 Kristen November 29, 2009 at 3:37 pm

Congratulations to both of you! I love the picture at the start of the race where the girl behind Kelly is in a tank top and shorts and she’s in a hat and gloves.

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50 Justy2003 November 29, 2009 at 3:37 pm

Awesome job on the race…and Kelly as well! Those were great times and congrats to you both on the PRs!

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51 jenna November 29, 2009 at 3:49 pm

congrats on the race!!
jenna

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52 Lauren @ Eater not a runner November 29, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Congrats! Awesome job with the new PR!

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53 Kristie Lynn November 29, 2009 at 3:58 pm

Awesome job to both you and Kelly on the race! You ladies rocked it!!

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54 Rebecca November 29, 2009 at 4:04 pm

awesome job, your finish time is nearly the same as my best time! you are gonna kill the upcoming marathon!

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55 Anne@ the doctor takes a wife November 29, 2009 at 4:07 pm

Congrats on the race!! You definitely inspire me–hoping to run my first 5k in the spring!!

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56 Brynne November 29, 2009 at 4:40 pm

Congratulations! That’s so amazing!

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57 Erin November 29, 2009 at 4:47 pm

Congratulations! That’s absolutely incredible and the smile on your face at the end says it all. ๐Ÿ˜€

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58 Kath November 29, 2009 at 4:47 pm

Congrats Meghann!! I can’t believe you ran 8:37…for 13 milesssssss!!!! Rock on!

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59 Lisa November 29, 2009 at 5:01 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!!! What a BRILLIANT result – you both must be so pleased ๐Ÿ™‚

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60 lizzy November 29, 2009 at 5:02 pm

wow great race!!! I know what you mean about frustrating finish lines! Last race I ran was straight up hill to the finish, I like it when you can see the finish line for a while because it’s so motivating. Goodjob on your half, and goodluck on your full marathon, you’re going to do amazing!!xoxo!

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61 Erica November 29, 2009 at 5:08 pm

Congratulations on a great race and new PR!!

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62 traveleatlove November 29, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Awesome race! You will be amazing at your marathon!

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63 Melissa S. November 29, 2009 at 6:36 pm

Congrats to you and Kelly!!! I’m am absolutely floored by your times! I must run a 1/2 with you so I can break 2 hrs!

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64 Laura Georgina November 29, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Way to go!! You two whomped that run!

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65 chasingthenow November 29, 2009 at 7:32 pm

Congrats! Sounds like an amazing race and you did so great! ๐Ÿ˜€

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66 janetha November 29, 2009 at 7:40 pm

props meghann!

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67 dorothy November 29, 2009 at 7:45 pm

i loved this race recap! great job to you and kelly ๐Ÿ™‚

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68 Erica November 29, 2009 at 8:12 pm

WOW- congrats! That is totally awesome

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69 rungirlrunn November 29, 2009 at 8:22 pm

Congrats on the PR!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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70 Kelly H. (the running phoodie) November 29, 2009 at 8:28 pm

I’ve been looking forward to reading your race recap all day. I can’t believe how fast you are!! Also, your headband is really cute- where’d you get it?

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71 00kate November 29, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Congrats, Meghann! ๐Ÿ˜€ Amazing performance.

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72 Angie (Losing It and Loving It) November 29, 2009 at 8:42 pm

Sounds like a great day! Way to go on your SUCCESS. You rock!

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73 Anne P November 29, 2009 at 10:39 pm

Congrats to both of you!!! That is AWESOME ๐Ÿ™‚

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74 biz319 November 29, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Holy Shit – awesome times for both of you!! Congrats!

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75 RhodeyGirlTests November 30, 2009 at 10:41 am

Congratulations to both you and your sister! You ladies rocked it!

Meghann, I am SO proud of you!!!

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76 Whit November 30, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Congratulations to both you and Kelly! Incredible times! You girls are truly an inspiration to me to KEEP RUNNING! One day I will be at an 8:30 pace myself. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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77 CG the Foodie November 30, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Kick butt on that PR!!! You are amazing!

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78 Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) November 30, 2009 at 8:09 pm

congrats!!! the pictures are awesome and SO clear! ๐Ÿ™‚

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