Saddleback Memorial Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Laguna Hills, California
United States
Kinane Events, Inc.
73F / 23C
Total Time = 2h 21m 51s
Overall Rank = 1067/1417
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 104/118
Pre-race routine:

Quick breakfast of a PB&J. Getting the family ready and into the car.
Event warmup:

Easy stretch with the race officials.
  • 2h 21m 51s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 50s  min/mile

This is the longest run I have ever done and I had some serious reservations whether I could do it. I tried to keep a nice easy pace throughout the race just to make it. I felt pretty comfortable and calm the entire run. I could not be happier here. I had 3 goals coming in: just to finish, try and finish without having to walk, and to finish under 2.5 hours. I was able to do all three!
What would you do differently?:

I pushed the last 2 miles and I think I should have waited a bit longer. I was pretty tried with about 1/2 mile to go.
Post race
Warm down:

Easy walk to recover then head to the food and drinks.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Time, I just need more running time to bring up the pace.

Event comments:

I had a lot of inspiration to do well here and it was weighing heavy on my mind throughout the race. My mother is going through cancer treatments and one of my brother had passed away just 2 weeks before. By the time I crossed the finish line I alomost broke into tears just from the accomplishment and that I wanted to complete this for them.

Last updated: 2007-05-29 12:00 AM
02:21:51 | 13.1 miles | 10m 50s  min/mile
Age Group: 104/118
Overall: 1067/1417
Performance: Good
Average HR of 157, just into Z3.
Course: First half of the race was mostly on a slight downgrade with a few rollers mixed in. The race then weaved through a nature area and then ended with about 4.5 miles of slight incline to the finish
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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