Scenic Half Marathon - Run

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Sandpoint, Idaho
United States
Scenic Half Marathon Committee
53F / 12C
Total Time = 1h 53m 14s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 4/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up during the night with chills, fever and stomach ache. Barely was able to force down a banana and a gatorade for breakfast. Don't know if it was a bug or something I ate (garlic fries and quesadilla for lunch, prime rib for dinner). We woke up to a cold drizzle and the forecast called for rain showers. It was hard to decide what to wear. Wore a long sleeve UnderArmour and my tri-top. When the rain stopped, I was wishing I hadn't worn the UnderArmour, it got a little warm.
Event warmup:

Not much warm up, ran a few hundred yards then hit the porta-potty. Ran a few hundred more then hit the porta-potty. Staying close to the porta-potty was more important than warm up given stomach issues that developed over night.
  • 1h 53m 14s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 06m 56s  min/mile

Once the race started and I got my heartrate up, the stomach issues went away. Did a good job of maintaining my target pace to finish sub 2hr. Kept under control and maintained 8:40 to 8:50 splits through the first half. I knew I was dialed in for sub 2hr at the turnaround if I maintained the pace and planned on putting the hammer down if I felt OK at 10 miles. Actually increased pace to about 8:30 from miles 7-10 because it was more downhill than on the way out. At 10 mile, legs were getting tight but I knew I could hang on for 3k and finished the last three miles in 8:21, 8:30 and 8:11.
What would you do differently?:

Would have just worn my tri top and not the UnderArmour. Starting off a little too cold would have been better than finishing a little too hot.
Post race
Warm down:

Light stretching.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Stomach issues weren't a problem during the race, but waking up with chills and sweats all night made me a little weaker than otherwise.

Event comments:

Fun race put on by the Chamber of Commerce - they really pull the community together to support the race - lots of businesses and voluteers involved. Was really happy with my race, especially since I had second thoughts about racing due to stomach issues. Was able to maintain and exceed the paces I had planned and finished strong. Just wish I had finished one spot higher to make the podium.

Last updated: 2011-08-15 12:00 AM
01:53:14 | 13.1 miles | 06m 56s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/
Overall: 71/
Performance: Good
Course: Starts in Sandpoint city park, about a mile of construction area (loose gravel) on the way out of town. Crosses the long bridge to the south and then follows a rolling bike path to the turnaround at Sagle elementary.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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] 4