Rock & Roll San Jose 1/2 Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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San Jose, CA
United States
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70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 41m 35s
Overall Rank = 654/12000
Age Group = f30-34
Age Group Rank = 21/843
Pre-race routine:

Stayed at a hotel with Chris and my Sister Anne. Got up and ate a PBJ , Banana and some SE. Then got dressed and headed for the race start. Got familiar with the area and used the porta potty, then checked our gear and WU then Potty again... I was a little worried about my need for the potty this morning - turned out fine :)
Event warmup:

Jogged about a mile with C and A with some dynamic stretches, strides, and drills. Then tried to stretch the hamstrings a bit to keep stride length.
  • 1h 41m 35s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 45s  min/mile

Awesome run for me!! My sister was saying she would probably be at 8:00 miles and we kinda thought I would take off after mile 2 - UMMMM yeah, she kept pushing the pace and instead of me sticking to my plan, I stuck to her heels :) I didn't sprint as well on the last 5k, but overall I was 4' faster than planned and 14' faster than my last 1/2 mary!! HOLY SH!T!!!
What would you do differently?:

Nada - maybe drink more water before the start of the race. With the SE I was a little gassy and I think it could have been curbed with more water or Amino Vital.
Post race
Warm down:

jogged a bit, then caught up with the fam and chased the kids a bit. Walked about a mile to the BAR for lunch and beer and the Pats Game :)

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

For having about 10-12 THOUSAND entrants, this was well run, perfectly organized, well marked, and great!! And they had Amino Vital on course, which is going to become one of my favorite drinks!!
I still can't believe I was this fast, especially considering I think I could go faster... 1:35 next year???

Last updated: 2006-07-24 12:00 AM
01:41:35 | 13.1 miles | 07m 45s  min/mile
Age Group: 21/843
Overall: 654/12000
Performance: Good
1- 7:48 avg hr 181 max 184 2- 7:58 184/187 3- 7:43 184/187 4- 7:47 184/187 5- 7:42 187/190 6- 7:40 186/189 7- 7:45 188/191 8- 7:48 188/190 9- 7:47 190/192 10- 8:00 190/192 11- 7:29 193/195 12- 7:38 164/196 13- 8:00 (1.1mi) 197/ 203
Course: Very flat - like the only elevation changes were under 40' - mostly underpasses! downtown, then into some beautiful, treed residential areas, then back downtown, then out into some other res areas, then finish through downtown again. Great course!
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