Austin Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Austin, Texas
United States
The Austin Marathon Foundation, Inc.
47F / 8C
Total Time = 1h 28m 35s
Overall Rank = 137/10356
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 15/773
Pre-race routine:

Stayed at my aunt and uncle's place which is about 30 minutes away. Up at 4 and had a normal breakfast at about 4:15 and was out the door by 5. Got downtown and parked and hung out in the car for a bit. Then hit up the porta-potties, then hung around with my sister and cousin.
Event warmup:

We warmed up for about 10-15 minutes starting at 6:30 and then I lined up with the 3:00 marathon pacers.
  • 1h 28m 35s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 06m 46s  min/mile

Started out up front and settled into about a 6:35 pace for the first few miles. Once on the long climb I was comfortably running about 6:40 or so. Couple of the downhill miles were about 6:25 but the quads didn't really like that. I had to dig pretty deep starting at about mile 9.5-10. About mile 11 my pace faltered some and I began to struggle, just tried to shorten the stride a bit and keep the turnover up. The big hill at 11.8 was tough. Last couple miles were at about 6:55-7.

Was through 5k in 20:28, 10k in 41:02, 10 miles in 1:06:27, 12 miles in 1:20:47.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. PR by a couple minutes!
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around and met up with my uncle and mom and waited for the rest of our crew to finish up. Got a little chilly so I grabbed a hot chocolate from a local shop. Then off for some breakfast and beer!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Probably should do some more speed/tempo work in the build up. Probably lost about a minute in potential time over the last 5k, but those hills were pretty nasty!

Event comments:

I really like this race. Good vibe. Good course. Good.

Last updated: 2011-05-18 12:00 AM
01:28:35 | 13.1 miles | 06m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 15/773
Overall: 137/10356
Performance: Good
Course: Rolling terrain that starts at the Texas State Capitol. Then heads south through town, crosses the river and then you run 2.5ish miles gradually uphill, then you turn back towards downtown and run 2.5ish miles downhill. Next up is a couple rolling sections and a few climbs before a significant climb at around mile 12. Finished back near the Capitol building.
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5