Tutus Aren’t Too Aerodynamic (Shamrock Half Marathon Race Recap)

March 20, 2012 · 39 comments

If you recall, I was all stressed about running for time vs. running for fun for the Shamrock Half Marathon. After being unable to train due to surgery, I was frustrated and assumed I’d have a rough time running another 13.1.

I quickly remembered the reason I adore the Shamrock is because of how amazingly FUN it is. The after party is the best of any I’ve attended, and it’s almost impossible to not have a blast.

So I compromised and combined the two. I knew I’d have fun. So, I told myself if I was feeling up to it, I’d try my best and run the race to the best of my ability. My only rule for myself was “no expectations.” I wouldn’t beat myself up if I didn’t finish the way I’d hoped.

I mean… we obviously took ourselves very seriously when selecting our race outfits, as usual.

And when you finish exactly 1 minute and 2 seconds later than your PR, just blame the tutu.

Or the melanoma and the lack of training… but it’s funnier to blame the tutu.

Like I said, my only promise to myself was “no expectations.” So I’m taking it.

And while we wait for these awesome official race photos from the Brightroom team, I’ll grace you with my own of pre-race and afterparty.

On race days, I’m a morning person (and all other days of the year…. all bets are off).

Thankfully, the weather was about 20 degrees warmer than last year’s Shamrock. We got to the start line a good 10 minutes ahead of gun time, stretched, and were good to go.

At 7 a.m. sharp, we were ready to Shamrock ‘n’ Roll.

And by around 8:43, we made the day about beer and tutus pictures.

Psst… the tuts are from the children’s section at Target. NBD.

“Beer me.”


Hollie and literally ran smack into each other on the bike path. VA Beach is a sickeningly small world.

They played Journey.

And a ball was had by all.

Shamrock Half Marathon 2012: 1:43:58.

Although there was no PR, I’d say my fifth half marathon was a mission: accomplished.

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1 Krysty March 20, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Way to go! It looks like you had a blastie!! And I’d say a total success! here’s hoping you heal fast so you can get back out to pounding the pavement… with your feet that is. πŸ™‚


2 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat March 20, 2012 at 12:36 pm

The majority of us would KILL for a time like that! It’s amazing that that’s a race with low expectations in your book. πŸ™‚
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3 Alyssa @ fit and fun in third March 20, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Damn! That pace in insane. Congrats!!! And just as important (if not more), the after party looks awesome. I might have to seriously consider that race next year!
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4 Dorsa @ Running Thoughts March 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm

CONGRATS πŸ™‚ awesome time πŸ™‚


5 Kelsey March 20, 2012 at 12:42 pm

yay! I’m glad you had such a fun time! love your tutu’s and of course sparkley BIC band!
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6 Kristen @ notsodomesticated March 20, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Congrats, Alyssa!!! Sounds like you had an awesome day. And I would definitely blame the tutu. πŸ˜‰ Nothing that cute is ever helpful! πŸ˜‰
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7 Shannon March 20, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Still nothing to sneeze at! And you looked good doing it!
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8 Amber K March 20, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Congrats on your race! I’m going to blame the tutu from now on πŸ˜‰
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9 Elizabeth March 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Congrats Alyssa! Looked like you had an awesome time! Target kids section has the best tutus…. I may or may not have gotten a black sparkly one with stars for Halloween.
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10 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 20, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Um, that is still an AMAZING time! Congrats!


11 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List March 20, 2012 at 2:01 pm

That’s an amazing time!! Maybe we can run together in Boulder!!
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12 Kailey March 20, 2012 at 2:32 pm

GIT IT GIT IT!!!! Wow, that’s an amazing time! Never mind the training or tutu; that’s still incredible!

Hope you’re healing well, my love! xo
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13 Hollie@lolzthatswim March 20, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Like I told you there-you did amazing considering all the cirumstances! I think that your next one will be awesome and hopefully you’ll PR. Do you have any on the radar anytime soon?
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14 Jen@FoodFamilyFitness March 20, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Congrats on running the race, looks like a blast!
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15 Becky March 20, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Awesome job!
Totally random, but what size width is your Bic band?


16 Lisa March 20, 2012 at 3:53 pm

You are quite the champ! That’s impressive to do after surgery! I’d say it was a success, looks like you had a ton of fun πŸ™‚ And that’s always the part that matters I think
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17 Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) March 20, 2012 at 4:02 pm

You are just buckets and buckets of fun! You should be proud (like WOAH) of a race like that after surgery- wahoo!
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18 Michelle @ Blogitness March 20, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Congrats! I love the tutus!
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19 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy March 20, 2012 at 9:17 pm

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20 Emily March 20, 2012 at 10:26 pm

The outfits are adorable! It looks like you were definitely in good company. (:
Congratulations on completing the race and your awesome time!
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21 Liz @ iheartvegtables March 20, 2012 at 10:43 pm

That looks like a genuinely FUN race!!!
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22 Jen @ The Well Wire March 20, 2012 at 10:44 pm

OMG your tutus are great! Did it get in the way of the run at all? I’ve always wondered if I could pull something like that off. I guess if you are able to wear your normal running get-up, it probably isn’t bad.
The Shamrock Half sounds like a blast. I will have to check it out for next year. I did the St. Patty’s Day 8K in DC and it was really fun (especially the Irish dancing that they had after. I definitely participated on the sidelines). Thanks for sharing your experience!
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23 Chelsea March 20, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Well aren’t you just miss speedy gonzalez?! Way to go girl! I need to copy your training haha.
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24 Lena @Fit on the Rocks March 21, 2012 at 12:06 am

Damn…melanoma, tutu, and lack of as much training as you had hoped for and still 1:43. You seriously kick ass
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25 Katy @ HaveYouHurd March 21, 2012 at 8:00 am

Girlfriend, if I could run that time after not training I would pass out from excitement alone! I ran in the Rock n’ Roll half up in D.C. last weekend and ran it in 2:04:50 and thought I might die by the end!!!! Congrats on a GREAT race time and an even better race outfit!!!


26 Kristin @ FoodFash March 21, 2012 at 9:30 am

I’m not a runner, but a minute over your PR seems like a pretty darn good time for someone who hasn’t been training! Congrats!
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27 Becca March 21, 2012 at 11:16 am

Sounds like you had a great race!! Congrats! The Shamrock looks like a fun race. My sister ran it this year also. I am not good with cold weather so I like to stick with the rock and roll in September πŸ™‚ I’m much better when the sun is out! I hope your surgery went well so you can be back out running as soon as possible!


28 Lizzy March 21, 2012 at 11:58 am

wow this looks like the most FUN race everrrr!!! <–bad grammar! πŸ™‚
you would have been sub 1:40 without the Tutu!! but the race would not have been as much fun! you have a TON more half's to race and get PR's in so it's awesome that you took this one as an 'in the moment' FUN race! LOVE it!
and I loveee Hollie! I need to come do this race next year!
I hope you're feeling great post-race!
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29 Janine @ThePurpleGiraffe March 21, 2012 at 12:25 pm

SO fun! I am looking forward to my TWO MILER on sunday, I’ll be rocking my Irish Flag Tutu! AND So will my mom! We’re there for the beer!
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30 Ricole Runs March 22, 2012 at 12:47 am

I’d say that’s pretty dang fast considering and only 1 minute of your PR is AWESOME! I also LOVE the tutu, I’ve ran in a tutu in 2 out of 3 last races and it is my most favorite thing ever! πŸ™‚
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