2010 XTERRA Georgia Trail Run series: "Thrill in the Hills" - RunHalf Marathon

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Winder, Georgia
United States
Dirty Spokes Productions
50F / 10C
Total Time = 2h 14m 41s
Overall Rank = 258/500
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 107/19
Pre-race routine:

Drove to Ft. Yargo early and hung out in the Blug Lagoon waiting for things to gel.
Event warmup:

Walked down to the start.
  • 2h 14m 41s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 17s  min/mile

This is my longest trail run/race to date. I thought I ran a very patient race even though it was slower. The first two miles were really backed up so the pace was dragged down to about a 15 min. first mile. In the end it helped me with energy management. The last five miles were really challenging with some long climbs through the power lines away from the lake.
What would you do differently?:

Now that I know the course and the layout I would've jockeyed for a slightly faster outbound pace to miss some of the congestion. I also mistook the finish thinking it would return down the same road. It didn't. All of a sudden we are coming out of the trees and there it was about 100 yds away. Not much time to kick it in.
Post race
Warm down:

Got my medal and some water. Then drank a serving of Endurox. Cleaned up and we drove back to town. Nice chicken salad melt at Thumbs Up!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

level of fitness for sure. Still carrying about 14-15 lbs since IM Florida last Nov.

Event comments:

My only complaint is the start. With a 500 registrant field I think the time is right for waves. Otherwise, nice volunteers. They need more drink stations and be a little better prepared with water ready. I think they got swamped and then were behind. But they smiled and were very patient. Overall a good experience.

Last updated: 2011-01-10 12:00 AM
02:14:41 | 13.1 miles | 10m 17s  min/mile
Age Group: 17/19
Overall: 258/500
Performance: Average
Course: Hilly but beautiful single track through the park.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4