Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
United States
Elite Racing
Total Time = 1h 58m 14s
Overall Rank = 2468/16336
Age Group = M 40-44
Age Group Rank = 263/1053
Pre-race routine:

Wake up call at 5:00, ate granola and yogurt, made a pot of hotel room coffee, my wife and I headed downstairs about 6:00am.
Event warmup:

Walked a couple of blocks and then jogged to the convention center. About 10 mins. Stood in line for porta john, and then headed to the corrals.
  • 1h 58m 14s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 02s  min/mile

I had a goal of running a 1:45. I ran the Shamrock half in 1:52 this spring and have been training hard this summer. I started in the 1:45 pace group which went off at a faster than 8 min/mile pace according to my garmin. I debated dropping back and running my race, but i thought staying with them would help keep me motivated to hit my goal. Bad move, at the 5k mark I realized that I was either going to have to adjust my pace or possibly not finish. By the 10k mark I switched from shooting for a new PR to just hoping to finish. Miles 7-10 were really bad. Last 5k were okay.
What would you do differently?:

Go back to negative splits. I run much better starting off slower and increasing my pace. Also realize that depending on conditions that you might have to adjust your race plan even the day of or during the event.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around for a little while, enjoyed the iced towel, water and popsicle. (that might have been the best damn popsicle that I have ever had!)
Headed over to the reunion area to wait for my wife to finish. Back to hotel for ice bath. Went out to breakfast with wife and kids and hit the beach for the afternoon.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Humidity was brutal, I couldn't cool off. Went out too fast. Waited too late to adjust pace. Also I don't think that I was fully recovered from the Chicago tri last weekend.

Event comments:

This is a great event. I just wish the breeze had blown in the morning to clear out the humidity. The afternoon weather was nicer than in the morning!

Last updated: 2008-09-01 12:00 AM
01:58:14 | 13.1 miles | 09m 02s  min/mile
Age Group: 263/1053
Overall: 2468/16336
Performance: Bad
Course: Flat. I don't like the new course, too much time in the base area, not enough on the oceanfront and boardwalk.
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? No
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