Calgary Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Calgary, Alberta
Calgary Marathon
8C / 46F
Total Time = 1h 27m 48s
Overall Rank = 46/3058
Age Group = M3539
Age Group Rank = 9/229
Pre-race routine:

Race starts at 7am, and there's no parking so I needed to drive to a train station and take the train into town. Got up at 5:45, had a single poptart and a tiny bit of water. Goal this time was to NOT have to pee during the race so no coffee either.

Kinvara 2 shoes, light socks, zoot ultra shorts, compression top and some generic tech short sleeve to pin/torso warmth.

Gel 10 before start, and into the start box at 2 mins to gun - 4 rows or so from front. Off we go.

Event warmup:


  • 1h 27m 48s
  • 21.1 kms
  • 04m 10s  min/km

Felt flat as usual, have only run twice this week. Didn't really care about this race result, so thought I'd try and go out a bit harder right from the beginning and let the cards fall. McMillan says that I should be able to do a 1:28 based on a 3:06 full. I also dropped 8-9 lbs since Boston.

Gatorade at every station other than my 1 Gel in which case I took water. This worked perfectly for me.

2 years ago I just cracked 1:30 by a hair, at 150lbs. This year at 156lbs, managed 2.25 mins faster. Gains are hard won at this pointy end of the spear.

What would you do differently?:

Don't pull back in the last few strides - that's twice I've been high-schooled. On a race this big, just sprint all out to the end.

Post race
Warm down:

Walked it off, and waited around for the fam to arrive for the kids race and the wife's 5k. So was down on the grounds for 5+ hours. Glad I brought the spare shorts and flip flops. Ate some pancakes at the breakfast.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Tempo/Threshold work. I have a huge base from the last 2 marathons, but now will do a bit more harder work on hills and intervals once a week.

Event comments:

Great race, big and well run with pancake breakfast afterwards.

Last updated: 2013-04-29 12:00 AM
01:27:48 | 21.1 kms | 04m 10s  min/km
Age Group: 9/229
Overall: 46/3058
Performance: Good
Avg 4:09 min/km pace, with a 159 HR.
Course: Pretty flat with some under/overpass climbing.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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] 5