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

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San Jose, California
United States
Elite Racing Inc.
Total Time = 2h 07m
Overall Rank = 3782/9622
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 332/584
Pre-race routine:

My brother and I left the house at about 5:45am. Got to San Jose at around 6:20 or so and found a great parking spot right on Market in between the start and finish lines. Sipped lots of my sports drink for the next 80 minutes or so. Peed a lot in the bushes next to the parking spot so as to avoid the long porta-potty lines. Stayed warm in the car mostly.
Event warmup:

With about 20-30 minutes to go before the start, jogged around the block twice and then stretched. I had decided that with my IT band issues and my knee hurting badly during my long marathon training runs that I would run this race in Zone 3, instead of really racing it and injuring myself further. Stretched out a lot, put on my heart rate monitor and went over to the starting area.
  • 2h 07m
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 41s  min/mile

Kept it easy and resisted the urge to push myself. Went at 10 minute miles pretty much the whole first half of the race. Pushed myself *slightly* in the 2nd half of the race, so I was probably doing 9:30 miles or so. My heart rate stayed in Zone 3 the whole time. Knee started hurting a bit around mile 10 or so, unfortunately. But I was able to maintain my pace through the finish. I just hope it all holds up for the marathon next month...
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, except really race instead of just jogging the course like a training run. I know I could have PR'd on this course if I'd really run it.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around a bit, stretched, got some ice on my knee, but as of tonight, its still hurting pretty badly. Met up with friends right after the race and went to get a burger on the way back to my brother's place before flying back to SoCal.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

IT Band issues, and the fact that I was using this as a training run instead of really racing it.

Event comments:

I liked this race. Maybe I'll really race it next year... :) I hope that my IT band holds up for my marathon, I'm getting really worried about it, because my knee is really hurting after only a half-marathon... sigh...

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Last updated: 2008-05-19 12:00 AM
02:07:00 | 13.1 miles | 09m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 332/584
Overall: 584/9622
Performance: Good
5K 31:31, 10K 1:02:18, 10mi 1:37:34
Course: Flat for the most part. Lots of out-and-back routes. Finish line was really close to the start.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5