Tobacco Road Marathon - RunMarathon

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Cary, North Carolina
United States
Tobacco Road Marathon
65F / 18C
Total Time = 3h 22m 7s
Overall Rank = 78/1198
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 5/
Pre-race routine:

Rainy night but got very little sleep. Up before my alarm at 4:30. Ate half a bagel.
Event warmup:

Very light run to warm up. Then stretched really well with my bum calf.
  • 3h 22m 7s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 07m 43s  min/mile

Overall a good run. Ran with the 3:15 group and it was too fast for me. I was able to maintain my pace for the first 15 - 18 miles and then completely lost it. Had a really struggle with the last 8 miles. Fortunately with the pace I had more than 1:10 to finish in order to make my goal time. It was really a struggle but I managed to hang on.
What would you do differently?:

Run on my own. Do not worry about the pace group and just ensure that I am listening to my body.
Post race
Warm down:

2 bottles of water and gatorade. Lots of cramping in the closing miles. Bare able to stand at the finish.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Today was one of those days where I was prepared and ready. Nothing prevented a better time except for maybe experience.

Event comments:

Very nice race. Only downer was the live timing system didn't work.

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Last updated: 2011-12-22 12:00 AM
03:22:07 | 26.2 miles | 07m 43s  min/mile
Age Group: 5/
Overall: 78/1198
Performance: Good
Course: Running along the American Tobacco Trail. Mostly a dirt trail with few areas of pavement. Misconception that this is flat. There are very gradual grades that sneak up on you.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4