Kansas Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Lawrence, Kansas
United States
Sherpa Sports
54F / 12C
Total Time = 1h 38m 46s
Overall Rank = 61/717
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 6/40
Pre-race routine:

The rain was coming down in sheets on the drive from Olathe to Lawrence. Was hoping I wasn't driving there for nothing if the race got canceled. Rain let up about 6:00 and stayed away for the race.

Watered down Gatorade and a Roctane about 20 min before the start.
Event warmup:

Ran around the park for ~1/2 mile. Tried to stay warm.
  • 1h 38m 46s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 32s  min/mile

Ran about like I planned to. Pushed about as well as I could without killing myself. Made sure I'd be able to finish.
What would you do differently?:

Not much
Post race
Warm down:

Water, Gatorade, ate 2 really good hot dogs after the race, figured I'd earned it. Warm down is a relative term, cause the cold wind started dropping my core temp, so decided to jump on a bus and head back to the race start/parking area.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Overall fitness, had a hard ride the day before on the Kansas Half Iron bike course.

Event comments:

Not sure I liked the bus back to the starting area thing, but they did seem to have a pretty good system going. Can't really fault the race organizers for the water on the course or the wind.

It appears from several different Garmins that the course was a couple 10ths short. That's kind of a bummer.

Still, can't really complain since the race was free w/Ironman Kansas 70.3 sign up.

Last updated: 2009-04-19 12:00 AM
01:38:46 | 13.1 miles | 07m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/40
Overall: 61/717
Performance: Good
Avg HR 161 Max HR 177
Course: Plenty of hills, but nothing that was too much of a killer. Going back up the hill into the wind at the last half mile was a little rough. Lots of variety, downtown, parks, subdivisions, KU campus. Race started right on time. There wasn't too much of an issue with water on the course after all the rain. Worst spot was on the running trail through the park, there was a 20 foot section with about 4 inches of water flowing across it. Everyone tried to skip through it as best they could, but it pretty much soaked your feet no matter what you tried. Heard a few four letter words. A few tight/narrow corners on the course that I could have done without, especially after my feet were soaked.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5