Calgary Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Calgary, Alberta
Calgary Marathon
14C / 57F
Total Time = 1h 25m 8s
Overall Rank = 51/3303
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 4/197
Pre-race routine:

This year the start was 6:30am. I was up at 5 to eat 700 cals - 2 pop tarts and a handful of Oreo minis. Breakfast of champions.

Also ate 4000 calories the day before. Obviously up a pound or so.
Event warmup:

Ended up just wearing the under armor shirt and zoot ultra shorts - kinvara 4 shoes with wright socks. Too warm for the 2nd shirt.

  • 1h 25m 8s
  • 21.1 kms
  • 04m 02s  min/km

This was the Canada Nationals, so the field was a bit more stacked than usual.

My previous best HM was 1:27:30 and that was during a run focus. This year is IM focus so no taper other than Thurs/Fri off. I did a 50km bike 4 hrs after this race and felt fine.

I have been on myfitnesspal for the last 3 months to get race weight down - I've just dipped below 150 lbs which is part of the speed increase.

I also ate a gel at the start and another at 40 mins. I never do that, yet it seemed to work well. I caught a lot of people in the last 5K with an almost dead even split.

What would you do differently?:

I missed New York qualifying by 8 seconds. I didn't even look up the standard cause I wasn't expecting to ever come close. So maybe next time!

Post race
Warm down:

Changed my shirt, hopped on the train then was back home before the kids were even done breakfast.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not run focused.

Event comments:

Lucky the weather was perfect, and the stampede grounds are the perfect start/finish line area.

Last updated: 2015-03-26 12:00 AM
01:25:08 | 21.1 kms | 04m 02s  min/km
Age Group: 4/197
Overall: 51/3303
Performance: Good
Pace goal was to keep just under 4:05 but not below 3:55. Also held 151 hr for first 5-6K, rolled up to 156-157 for the majority then 170-171 for the end.
Course: Flat other than some under/overpasses.
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4