Thrill in the Hills - RunHalf Marathon

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Winder, Georgia
United States
36F / 2C
Total Time = 2h 01m 44s
Overall Rank = 133/390
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 19/45
Pre-race routine:

Bowl of oatmeal, water, multiple bathroom breaks. Got to park about 6:30. Shorts, long sleeve dri fit, specialized hybrid jacket, stocking cap, gloves.
Event warmup:

Minor warmup. Was planning on using this mainly for a training run. First ever time running on trails of any kind.
  • 2h 01m 44s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 17s  min/mile

One cup of water and a Carboom at mile 6-7. The run was very tight thru the first mile as evident in my first mile split. We were practically walking in some areas. Being my first trail run, I was caught off guard at what a chore passing was. Like bike racing, you actually had to plan your passes. I stuck to the right side of trails best I could unless trying to pass, but there were some peeps who took up the whole trail and would not relent even when you attempted to pass. I wasnt really racing for place/time so I didnt sweat it.
What would you do differently?:

I would start out a lot faster and try to get in the woods with a faster group. The 2 mins I lost in the first mile would have put me sub 2hr. Also, I could have scouted the course a little better. I have ridden at Yargo, but def do not know it like the back of my hand. Left too much in the tank as I kept saving up for the next hill. Also, I could have started final push sooner than I did.
Post race
Warm down:

stretching, water, orange, no banana (the ones they had were green)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

mentality, slower people ahead of me blocking trails, one face plant around mile 7 where a stump got me while I was looking for a place to pee.

Event comments:

Great race and good intro to trail running. Signed up on race day so did not get a swag bag and had to settle for generic race tee, but thats my fault for procrastinating. Post race was kind of boring, but its a state park so i wasnt expecting much of a throwdown to begin with. Will def run again.

Last updated: 2010-02-25 12:00 AM
02:01:44 | 13.1 miles | 09m 17s  min/mile
Age Group: 14/45
Overall: 133/390
Performance: Good
2:01:44:07 Race results show avg pace of 9:18/mile? Mile splits 1: 11:30.99 2: 9:00 3: 9:14 4: 9:23 5: 9:12 6: 9:17 7: 9:06 8: 8:49 9: 9:38 10: 9:24 11: 8:38 12: 9:51 13: 8:11 By my time, 2:01:21
Course: Course started on pavement to allow for spacing. After half a mile, entered woods for rolling single track action. Some technical sections, but not to bad. Two very steep and long hills on the gas line sections. Felt the last mile was marked short as I felt I still had about a half a mile to go.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4