Tom King Classic - RunHalf Marathon

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Nashville, Tennessee
United States
Nashville Striders
48F / 9C
Total Time = 1h 42m 18s
Overall Rank = 183/939
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 5/58
Pre-race routine:

Up 3 hours before race start for coffee, oatmeal 2 hours before, read over Running Within visualizations,super short warm-up at the condo in the rain and lightening.
Event warmup:

Totally different from usual due to the weather, did no warm-up at the stadium. Jim and Diane bagged the race as soon as the lightening became more serious so I was on my own. Said good-bye to Paul. I was drenched before getting to the start and wondered whether I should be doing the race at all. I finally decided to head out, but was not as focused as normal.
  • 1h 42m 18s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 49s  min/mile

1:02 PR and hardware (they go 5 deep in Nashville), but did not meet my goal of 1:41.

Couldn't see GPS due to the torrential downpour so was not as diligent monitoring pace, but periodically watched HR keeping it mid 160s which may have been a mistake. Took 7oz of Infinit for first 3m--it was too strong, but drank it anyway. Hit 10K at 48:05 (goal was 48 or 7:45). Hoped to pick up the pace to 7:40 last 6.9m and thought I was close--I was pretty happy going into this section of the race, but GPS overestimated distance so I was slower than anticipated. Worked with a couple of Team UPS guys to keep the pace strong, but not sure I could have sped up to consistent 7:40s given some of the body issues I had as the race progressed.

Left side pain under rib cage at 8m and then again at 11m to end--not sure if it was a side stitch or liver issues (had it before I left the condo, but ignore it and it seemed to go away). Problems breathing last 2m just like last year's half--need to get asthma under control under higher HR situations (170s).
What would you do differently?:

Watch Pace while keeping HR within a tolerable range. Probably drink something the last 10m of the race. Hard to judge because it was pouring and I didn't feel like I was sweating.
Post race
Warm down:

Not my best warm-down. Hit the chute got my medal and promptly puked once, walked 5 steps and puked again. Had a pretty large audience for the double header which was even more pleasant. Didn't stretch or eat until I got back to the condo some hour or so later.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Body issues -- the left side pain and the breathing were a killer. I really felt I was trained to run a 1:41 comfortably.

Event comments:

I think the course under normal weather would be beautiful. The people of Nashville were really great, including everyone I met at the race. Definitely worth doing if you are looking for a Spring half marathon.

Last updated: 2008-02-29 12:00 AM
01:42:18 | 13.1 miles | 07m 49s  min/mile
Age Group: 5/58
Overall: 183/939
Performance: Average
7:32/7:49/7:46/7:48/7:44/7:43/7:46/7:36/7:41/7:46/7:39/7:45/7:46/1:51, Avg HR 164/Max171 GPS tracked at 13.3m so Avg Pace data was off. Thought I was tracking to around 7:42 which would have been close to goal of 1:41.
Course: The course ran along the Cumberland River on a bike path which was nice, but full of standing water as nearly 2" of rain fell on us, some of the bridges were slippery. Reasonably flat course +524ft elevation change over the whole thing.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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?
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4