Martian Half Marathon - Run

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Dearborn, Michigan
United States
Running Fit
50F / 10C
Total Time = 1h 55m 45s
Overall Rank = 427/1497
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 3/46
Pre-race routine:

Didn't really have a great plan. Hydrated Friday, ate a smoothie in am (half) drank coffee and gatorade on way to venue
Event warmup:

Met Nell for my bib, said hey to some friends/teammates got in about a mile to wu and 4x20' strides, a few drills and calf stretches.
  • 1h 55m 45s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 50s  min/mile

Well, this sucked. You know when you just feel great on a run? That was last Sunday doing my race pace intervals, and NOT today. :( Never felt great, but was working my race plan (at a bit slower pace, but not horrible) and my ITB just outside the right knee started barking in mile 9. Then It was screaming, and not to be left out, the left one starting grumping too. I had to walk in mile 12 and stretch it was so bad. I haven't had pain like that since 2012 training for Bayshore. I really didn't have much mental determination before the race (I knew I was underprepared in general for a great race) but I mustered some motivation to run sub 9 in mile 13 and was able to do that. Ugh. Not pretty at all.
What would you do differently?:

Well, I've not been as consistent with my run training this winter and consistency wins. I've got all the excuses in the world, but I should have done my pt exercises and longer runs every week this winter. I know better!
Post race
Warm down:

just got a hug and my medal from Deanna (so needed that hug!), water, banana and cookies. Stretched while trying to get results and waiting for Nell to finish.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

SO much! Primarily lack of solid training. Sick for two days the week before, lack of feeling prepared to kill it or PR.

Event comments:

I love racing here because it's an annual race for seeing lots of friends! This year we had spectacular weather to boot. The big issue was timing. For about a 30' period the marathon and half marathon times got lost. I MAY have place in my AG, but won't know till at least 24 hours later. Running Fit will get it right though, as they have had issues with course length here and corrected times for it. Some race companies don't fix stuff like that *cough 3 Disciplines cough* but Running Fit will. * 3rd AG. At least the really fast chicks took the day off lol*

Last updated: 2014-04-13 12:00 AM
01:55:45 | 13.1 miles | 08m 50s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/46
Overall: 427/1497
Performance: Average
1 8:42 165 avg HR, 171 Max 2 8:40 167 a, 171m 3 8:35 166a, 170m 4 8:30 169a, 172m 5 8:33 168a, 172m 6 8:42 168a, 172m 7 8:35 170a, 177m 8 8:35 170a, 174m 9 8:33 170a, 173m 10 8:58 169a, 175m 11 8:45 172a, 177m 12 10:04 165a, 177m 13 8:57 171a, 177m .1 8:35 175a, 178m
Course: Back to the original course...slightly rolling with the biggest elevation's in mile 1 and the last 5 k
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
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