Martian Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Dearborn Heights, Michigan
United States
Martian Marathon
5C / 41F
Total Time = 1h 52m 32s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = M 35-39
Age Group Rank = 64/141
Pre-race routine:

Race started 8:30am
Had a small bowl of cereal at 6:30am, a Clif bar at 7:30 and a medium sized coffee with 3 sugars

Weather was tough, because we started at around 5C, but at the end we had over 10C
I chose a short sleeved functional shirt and my long-sleeved Adidas sweater, that turned out to be great choice, I barely had the zipper open, on the way back the headwind made it pretty chilly
Event warmup:

Nothing in particular
Started on a 9:15 pace, but came down to 9:00 pace shortly
  • 1h 52m 32s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 35s  min/mile

Had water at every water station (every 2 miles), except for the last station (at less than 1 mile to go)

I honestly was only trying to break 2:00, would have been happy with a 1:55
THe plan was to go out on a 9:00 pace and then hopefully speed up in the way back (the last 5 miles are mostly downhill) to an average of 8:45

I did start at 9:00 but after 1 mile already felt so good that I went for 8:45 right away...

Towards the end I felt two or three times that I could not go faster than 8:45
I took a total of 4 gels, had actually only planned for 2
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really, was a great race
Post race
Warm down:

Stretched a little
Had 0.5 liters of water right away, half a bagel, half a banana and a small piece of pizza, later 0.5 liter of grapefruit-mix

Event comments:

The hype around the martian motto is great!

Last updated: 2008-04-06 12:00 AM
01:52:32 | 13.1 miles | 08m 35s  min/mile
Age Group: 64/141
Overall: 141/
Performance: Good
Avg HR 165 Max HR 184
Course: Hines Drive
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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