LIVESTRONG Austin Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Austin, Texas
United States
The Austin Marathon Foundation, Inc.
Total Time = 1h 50m 26s
Overall Rank = 1532/
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 144/582
Pre-race routine:

Got up, got ready and my brother-in-law drove my wife and I to the start line. Easy as could be.
Event warmup:

Stood around, waited on line for the portapotties (never got to the front), and then wandered over to the starting area to get in the right estimated finish area.
  • 1h 50m 26s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 26s  min/mile

Great race. I paced well and the cool temperature kept everything feeling good throughout. Great fan support along the course (the hill with all of the Livestrong-ers was fantastic). Great city for a run, challenging course, friendly volunteers and fellow racers. I had a great time before, during and after the race.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Compared to all of my prior races I was exactly the weight I wanted to be for this race and it is reflected in my results (a new PR).
Post race
Warm down:

Walked over a few blocks to meet up with my wife and get picked up. The walk (and food I ate during it - chips, gatorade, water) did me good and I recovered from this race better than any race I've done before (I was out running 2 days later).

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I paced conservatively but I think that worked out really well in this case since I felt good all the way to the end. I should have taken water or gatorade at the last water stop but I figured it was only a mile or so to the finish - in retrospect, I probably should have taken a quick drink.

Event comments:

Great race. Good organization. Challenging course and a great crowd (racers and volunteers). I'd love to come back and do it again some day.

Last updated: 2011-10-02 12:00 AM
01:50:26 | 13.1 miles | 08m 26s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/582
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Hillier than I expected.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 5