Whiskey Row Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Prescott, Arizona
United States
Total Time = 2h 02m 19s
Overall Rank = 91/206
Age Group = 50-55
Age Group Rank = 6/14
Pre-race routine:

This was more of a social event than a serious race effort. The day before we got into town about 5:30 pm got our race packet, met some friends and had a couple of beers, checked into the motel had another beer and left for a late (for me pre race) dinner at Cattleman’s, ate too much, drank too much and got to bed around 10 pm had trouble sleeping from eating like a pig. Got up about 4:45 race morning still feeling bloated (the steak was really good the night before though:)) I didn't really have much if anything to eat before the race but did get rid of the bloated feeling before the race and did a 1/2 mile warm up with a couple of easy sprint outs did a GU about 10 minutes before the race and took off my thermal igloo wear just prior to the start.
Event warmup:

Oh,,,,, see above, oh and as cold as it was out warming up was not a possibility!!!
  • 2h 02m 19s
  • 13.11 miles
  • 09m 20s  min/mile

LOL keeping cool,,,, what a joke,,,,, I couldn't warm up, it was snowing out shortly after we finished the run. It was like 40 degrees at the start of the race, it felt like it warmed up around the time I was finishing, then it started getting colder, snowing and anyone finishing the full Mary was finishing in the snow. I love this course as brutal as it is; it's beautiful I'll be posting pictures of the course for the next couple of weeks in my Blog. The cold is not normal for Prescott AZ that time of the year.
What would you do differently?:

The only thing I would have done differently would to have just had salad and split an appetizer with Pam Friday night.
Post race
Warm down:

Hobbled up a [email protected]#$#% hill to the van to change, get cooler and the camera the to take pics of friends and others I know doing the race.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My lack of taking the race seriously, forgetting how tough the course is and it being more of a social weekend to see friends, some I hadn't seen in 5 years.

Event comments:

Going into the race I was giving myself 3 options on how to run the race.

1. To go out easy and keep it that way as just a fun run. (I'm not very good at that if there isn't a bigger purpose for it).

2. Go out with the goal of breaking 2 hrs. which I thought would be fairly easy for me.

3. Go out as hard as I could and if I blow up during the race at least I would know my abilities/limitations.

I was going to start out like I normally would and decide how to proceed somewhere around mile 3.

I don't think I ever made a conscious decision on how to run the race but I went out steady and ran a pretty good race all the way up to the turn. I did just a bit of walking about 4 times between mile 5 and 6. I think where I blew it was coming out too hard after the turn, I had forgot how easy it is to blow up going downhill. I blew by a bunch of folks after the turn and saw most of them blow by me around mile 10 to 12. My calves were sore yesterday and still very tender today. My legs haven't felt like this since I did my first HM in like 1997. Next year this will be an A race and goal will be to podium in my Age Group.

Last updated: 2007-05-03 12:00 AM
02:02:19 | 13.11 miles | 09m 20s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/14
Overall: 91/206
Performance: Below average
1 17:46 156 av hr 1st 2 miles 8:43 pace ************ 2 9:49 159 av hr 3rd Mile ****************************** 3 9:57 159 av hr 4th Mile ****************************** 4 10:17 159 av hr 5th Mile ***************************** 5 11:44 155 av hr 6th Mile **************************** 6 26:38 154 av hr Miles 7, 8, 9 +.1 M 8:35 pace *** 7 9:11 153 av hr 10th Mile **************************** 8 8:51 155 av hr 11th Mile ***************************** 9 8:29 154 av hr 12th Mile **************************** 10 9:37 157 av hr 13th mile
Course: The course is BRUTAL!!!!!!! If I read Pam's MB info correctly it is about a 1,000 ft elevation gain to the turn-around, starting at about 5,300 ft going up to about 6,300 ft at the turn. With the ups and downs you do almost 3,900 ft of climbing. That sounds like a lot but my legs say it is probably correct. The average grade was 12.8%, the Max Grade was 33.8%
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? No
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