1st Annual Raytown Run - RunHalf Marathon

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Racine, Wisconsin
United States
RTP racing series
35F / 2C
Total Time = 2h 07m 23s
Overall Rank = 2/2
Age Group = 33-85
Age Group Rank = 1/1
Pre-race routine:

Stayed up later than normal the night before and made sure I was eating right (bowl of ice cream and a glass of wine). Then just before turning the TV off , I stumbled upon Rocky IV and it was in the beginning when Apollo Creed was in the process of getting killed by Drago. I then turned it off and got a good nights sleep

In the morn ign hte clock went off at 6:15 and it was go time, I had every tech material piece of clothing that I own and started the process of getting dressed.

On top a had a hat then compression t-shirt, long sleeve shirt followed by a second long sleeve shirt and final a running jacket. On bottom it was tights and running pants.

Downed a gel , grabbed a water and drove to the starting area. about a 100 yards from my parkign spot a notice a group (10-15) of people hanging out near the starting area, but turns out they were not doing the run.
Event warmup:

Packed my remaining gels, to a swig of water and then spit , problem was my spit was so thick from the gel that it ended upon my right shoulder, oh well, if that was the worst thing I would be ok.
  • 2h 07m 23s
  • 13.7 miles
  • 09m 18s  min/mile

Clothing was just right ,pace was a bit slow and I worried too much about my hip preventing me from finishing.

As expected there were some high and low points during the run. I started waving to just about anyone that looked friendly. It was my first 2 lap out and back which was interesting, saw some people on the route 2-3 times and they gave my a weird "what are you doing look?)

I would have liked to have strong training going into it. The new shoes , almost right out of the box really helped, No weird rubs, or soreness, I think there is a higher arch in them , but for a break in run they did great.

I was hoping my family might be at the finish line, but instead they presented me the finishers medal at home.
What would you do differently?:

A little more training and not spit on myself so many times
Post race
Warm down:

Since I was the only guy in the lot getting out was no problem,90 seconds later I was at home and helping take our summer gazebo down. Cole and Paula had already been at it for a while so I felt inclined to help until Paula said get changed before you catch a cold. The rest of the day was a typical Saturday ,about 3:00 Paula finally asked so how did it go ?

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Wind,Training time, George Bush, low threshold for pain

Event comments:

Joking aside I came in second this day, my family came in first and it felt great. My wife and parents thought I was crazy, I probably was juggling too much the last few weeks to do a half mary , but in the end I made all the right choices.

Last updated: 2008-11-03 12:00 AM
02:07:23 | 13.7 miles | 09m 18s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/1
Overall: 2/2
Performance: Below average
Course: Starting at the Spirit of Racine bike exit I followed the HIM course until the zoo, since I could not go through it I went around and avoid the hills to try and save my hip from getting sore too soon. Once past the zoo I stayed on the HIM course. On the second lap I did go around the zoo , but this time took the hilly path section.
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? No
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Bad
Race evaluation [1-5] 4