Rock 'n' Roll San Jose Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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San Jose, California
United States
Elite Racing Inc.
68F / 20C
Total Time = 2h 15m 38s
Overall Rank = 4562/8787
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 414/589
Pre-race routine:

24oz Powerade2 hrs prior
PBJ Sandwich in the train ride to event
gel gulp 15 mins prior
Event warmup:

short run up ... probably 5mins or so . did some light stretching 10 mins prior .
  • 2h 15m 38s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 21s  min/mile

went in thinking that I'd go with a Z2 in the first half and probably in the last quarter (1:45 or so) , I'd start jumping into Z4 or so . But , was keeping my options since I wanted to run strong and would depend on the race mostly .

tried to keep up with the 2:15 pace group as much as possible till the 1st water stop i.e 2 mile marker . felt nice and strong so decided to stay within Z3 within reason or IOW not go too far off into Z4 . was a bit painful but not bad since was holding back for the final push :)

at the 1:30 mark , decided to step it up a notch and started pushing in Z4 . turned out I was running in Z5 before long ... not the smartest approach , I guess but felt good at the time !

started to feel the burn at the 12 mile mark and this is where I should have the reserves to really open it up but didn't . it was quite a burn and had to recover and push alternately quite a bit in the last mile or so . But the good thing was that I was able to sprint thru' the last 0.1 mile :-)

What would you do differently?:

- think thru' the hydration strategy for a race a bit more since it would be different from the training runs .
- try and pace the tempo run a bit more so can deal with the pacing a bit more.
Post race
Warm down:

just walking thru' the end zone and picking the goodies,etc.
after meeting the family , just did some inplace-stretching for 5-10 mins.

Event comments:

excellent race with tons of music bands , many cheerleading troupes with a lot of spirit and very well organized in general .

Last updated: 2007-05-15 12:00 AM
02:15:38 | 13.1 miles | 10m 21s  min/mile
Age Group: 414/589
Overall: 4562/8787
Performance: Good
1st 2 miles: no specific zones but was kinda between Z2-low Z3's 3-8.6 miles: Z3-Z5 but mostly Z5
Course: Flat ... very flat . there was a couple of dips under the freeway so a wee bit of climbing but no real climbs to speak of
Keeping cool Good Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too easy
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5