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Lost Dutchman Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Apache Junction, Arizona
United States
Lost Dutchman Marathon, Inc.
60F / 16C
Total Time = 2h 23m 8s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up early at about 4:30. Took shower and ate some oatmeal and yogurt. My sister arrived and we went to pick up Ken and Dawn.
Event warmup:

After arriving at the Rodeo grounds, we decided to walk to the park rather than wait in the cold for the bus. Met up with some other ESCKTC peeps.

Jumped in line and off we went.
  • 2h 23m 8s
  • 13.26 miles
  • 10m 47s  min/mile

I started the day just planning to run and not focus on time. I ran with Shelley and Dawn for the majority of the run. I started out wearing a jacket as it was cold outside and the prospects of warming were not good. At mile 4 I dropped it off at the "Purple ladies" aid station. This is a group of retirees who are at bottom of the biggest hill on the course. This is probably my favorite aid station of any race I have run.

I was feeling pretty good so, I just ran. I saw Chris at about mile 5 and yelled at him to at least cheer for us as we ran by. To his defense, he did'nt see me coming.

I ran this race last year and was very slow. I remember walking a lot. I have improved my fitness so much that I barely walk and have reduced my walking through aid stations. Now I just drink and go.

I ran up the Dutchman's Revenge and waited for Shelley and Dawn to walk up. I then decided that I had spent enough time waiting for them to keep up with me so I proceeded to start running ahead.

I may not be fast but I am improving and I love picking people off during the last 3 miles of a race. I am getting much better at running at a consistent race and managing my exertion levels. I noticed that I was on a 2:20 pace and really tried to pick it up the last few miles. I was also able to sprint to the finish once I made the final turn. I may not make up much time but I feel as if I am finishing strong.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. This was not an A race for me. I had no real expectations.
Post race
Warm down:

Walk around a bit and met up with the others. Drank some water.

Event comments:

This is a great small town race in the open desert. They put on different races to appeal to all types of runners. They give out beautiful medals for 8k, 10k, half and full mary.

We did not stay for the post race food due to the line. The race provides breakfast burritos with the usual bagels, oranges and water.

Everyone really enjoyed the race and plan on making this an annual event.

Last updated: 2007-09-26 12:00 AM
02:23:08 | 13.26 miles | 10m 47s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Time and distance was taken from Garmin. I am not listed in race results WTF?
Course: The course is hilly and includes one called Dutchman's Revenge.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-02-18 11:23 AM

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Chandler, AZ
Subject: Lost Dutchman Half Marathon

2008-02-18 11:43 AM
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Awesome race! You just keep keeping at it, and keep getting better every time! Nicely done!
2008-02-18 5:06 PM
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Goodyear, AZ
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Well done Rick! Sounds like your whole family had a great day!
2008-02-19 11:32 AM
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Peoria, AZ (Near Lake Pleasant)
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You did great Rick.  Besides, we needed a long run this weekend anyway!
2008-02-19 4:53 PM
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Awesome job out there Rick! Watching you made me jealous because you looked like you were having a great time. 
2008-02-19 7:44 PM
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scottsdale, az
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You scared me out there! I was wondering who was calling my name.. You looked like you had an awesome time! It was very nice to meet you!

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