Austin Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Austin, Texas
United States
The Austin Marathon Foundation, Inc.
52F / 11C
Total Time = 1h 33m 25s
Overall Rank = 178/6959
Age Group = M 35-39
Age Group Rank = 25/458
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:15 and had a cup of coffee, bagel, and banana. I wanted to get downtown by 5:30 so I could grab a decent parking spot somewhat near the finish line that way I could run to the car after finishing to get my camera and snap some pics of my wife. We were able to get a metered spot a few blocks east of the finish line and then realized that my car battery bit the dust. I tried not to worry about it and figured I would deal with it after the race.
Event warmup:

The finish line was about 8 blocks from the start so my wife and I hung out by the finish line since the bathrooms were a lot less crowded. We did some light stretching and then jogged down to the start line.

I decided to seed myself in the 3:15 marathon pacing group. My goal was to go out with a conservative pace and finish strong. The first 3 miles were all uphill. The race was delayed 15 minutes so I just tried to keep warm.
  • 1h 33m 25s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 08s  min/mile

I kept with my game plan and for that I am pretty happy. I could have pushed a little harder at the beginning but I wanted to take it easy since it was uphill and finish strong. I seeded myself with the 3:15 marathon group and I was not too happy once the race started to see how many people disregarded the seeding times. I was trying to push through numerous runners that were probably only running a 10 to 12 minute pace.

My first 3 miles were near a 7:28 pace and I was ok with that. I felt great and didn't want to push too hard so I didn't worry about people passing me. The next 3 were mostly downhill and I averaged near 7:02. I just maintained a comfortable pace the next three and then decide to attack the hills on miles 10-12. I was able to pass quite a few people and was pleasantly surprised to see my splits. The big hill near mile 12 was a killer but I sucked it up and ran the last mile at a 6:36 clip.
What would you do differently?:

I could have pushed the first 6 miles a little harder and might do so next time but this was my first half marathon so I wanted to finish strong and I think I did that.
Post race
Warm down:

My legs were yelling at me but I jogged over to my car to get the camera and then back tracked 800m from the finish line so I could snap a few action photos of my wife. I was very proud of her since she had never run this distance race either (and she had a baby less than 8 months ago). I have to admit that I teared up a little when I saw her pushing up that hill. She had her head down and headphones on and didn't even notice me so I started running through the spectators yelling her name. thank goodness some lady next to her noticed me and gave her a nudge because I was starting to turn some heads.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

more training

Event comments:

I will definitely do this again next year

Last updated: 2009-01-27 12:00 AM
01:33:25 | 13.1 miles | 07m 08s  min/mile
Age Group: 25/458
Overall: 178/6959
Performance: Good
7:34, 7:24, 7:17, 7:08, 6:59, 7:09, 6:58, 7:17, 7:13, 7:00, 6:50, 6:48, 6:36
Course: It was a tough course with quite a few hills. The first 3 were uphill going South on congress. The next 3 turned around and headed north on S 1st (mostly downhill). Miles 6-9 were relatively flat with some rolling hills and then it was up Enfield and almost all uphill. The biggest hill came around mile 12 and it was tough.
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? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4