Lake Sammamish Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Redmond, Washington
United States
4th Dimension Racing
Total Time = 1h 23m
Overall Rank = 24/1737
Age Group = M30-39
Age Group Rank = 10/244
Pre-race routine:

Banana, carbo pro and nuun, and half of a Mountain Dew left out overnight to get flat
Event warmup:

A light jog for a few minutes with a couple of 15 second pickups
  • 1h 23m
  • 13.1 miles
  • 06m 20s  min/mile

Good weather for a race: a little overcast to begin with and a bit chilly, but it warmed up quickly once we were underway. Clothing = shirt, armwarmers, gloves (taken off halfway through), shorts, compression socks. Shoes = NB 1400.

Found some good heels about a third of the way through. Turned it up a notch on the final turn toward the park.

The out-and-back section was mentally very tough; it seemed to go on for a super long time.

Pacing was consistent. I had a bit left in the tank at the end, so I could've probably gone a little harder in the final 5k.
What would you do differently?:

The start was a little congested, so I could've probably shaved a few more seconds off the early mile or two.
Post race
Event comments:

Great race and the organization was excellent. Aid stations may have been a little sparse (I didn't use them, but I suppose some could've used another one appropriately spaced). As mentioned before, the out-and-back section was a killer, but I don't see an easy way around that since there aren't that many opportunities to add distance.

Last updated: 2013-03-12 12:00 AM
01:23:00 | 13.1 miles | 06m 20s  min/mile
Age Group: 10/244
Overall: 24/1737
Performance: Good
Course: Mixed: primarily gravel trail, but start and finish were on pavement. Running north to south meant finishing with a series of out-and-backs in a parking lot.
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