Martian Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Dearborn Heights, Michigan
United States
Martian Marathon
45F / 7C
Total Time = 1h 54m 55s
Overall Rank = 554/1443
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 73/142
Pre-race routine:

Got up and ate oatmeal and had a cup of coffee. Grabbed a couple bananas for the ride along with water. Had a 45 minute drive to the event. Left the house at 6:25 AM, 5 minutes ahead of schedule.

Arrived at 7:25 AM. Made a stop along the way for bathroom break.
Event warmup:

Had to pick up the race packet when I first arrived. Well organized. Walked right up and was quickly handed my packet. Race shirts were pretty cool. Walked back to the car to put the chip on the shoe and the bid on the race belt. Started stretching alongside the care about 7:50 AM. Jogged over to the start of the race and continued to warm up. Dressed right for the conditions. Shorts, tank top under a short sleeved shirt, visor and shades. It was nice running with out ID and phone which require waist belt. Threw the key in the shorts pocket along with the clif blocks and away I went.
  • 1h 54m 55s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 46s  min/mile

I told myself I wanted to run 10s for the first few miles and would figure out the rest from there. The first mile was at 9:15, the second at 9:10. Still feeling good and breathing was fine. I slowly pickedup the pace from there. I ran the next few miles at 8:50 or so. At mile 8, I was running 8:45s. Hmmmm. Still feelinmg good, still breathing unlabored. I ran the next few at 8:35-8:40. The last two miles were at 8:30. Stong overall race. I think I was passed early on my faster runners who started late. But, late in the race, I think I was only past by a handful. I was strong on the few hills they had. Powered up and past a few people.
What would you do differently?:

Considering my longest run in the last three months was 7 miles, I would run longer and more frequently. I need to add more speed drills to better my times.
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed a cookie, banana, bagel, and bottle of water. Walked around eating. Then fould a wall to strech out against. Walked back to the car and stretched a bit more before driving home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Limited training. No runs longer than 7 miles and few speed/interval workouts.

Event comments:

This race keeps me training through the winter. It serves as a baseline for the coming season. I need to treat this more seriously for faster times.

Last updated: 2008-04-07 12:00 AM
01:54:55 | 13.1 miles | 08m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 73/142
Overall: 554/1443
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back with a few slow rolling hills.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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? No
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4