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Alpharetta Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Alpharetta, Georgia
United States
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45F / 7C
Total Time = 2h 04m 45s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at about 5 in the a.m.. Drank and big glass of water followed by some nice, hot java. Drank a squirt bottle of Accelerade on the way to the race.
Event warmup:

No real warmup. Just kind of hopped around a little bit. Eavesdropped on about 4 different conversations discussing the positives/negatives of stretching.
  • 2h 04m 45s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 31s  min/mile

I feel like it was a good run for my first half mary. Actually first time I've even run 13 miles. I wasn't really sure how to pace it, so I probably erred on the conservative side.
What would you do differently?:

Start out a little faster. I think I could have done 10 - 15 seconds faster per mile and still been able to finish.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around the finish for a few minutes eating donuts and cookies and drinking gatorade. Tried to stretch right away, but the muscles wanted to cramp on me so I left them alone for a little bit. Hobbled to the shuttle bus, hopped in the car, and headed home

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Speed and endurance. Still need to work on running fitness. I've made good progress this winter with endurance, but I really need to work on speed this year.

Event comments:

Good race. A little smaller than I expected, but I enjoyed it. I'll probably try to do it again next year along with ING.

Last updated: 2008-01-21 12:00 AM
02:04:45 | 13.1 miles | 09m 31s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
mile 1: 9:31; 2: 9:41; 3: 9:25; 4: 9:40; 5: 9:35; 6: 9:31; 7: 9:22; 8: 9:18; 9: 9:20; 10: 9:24; 11: 9:11; 12: 9:47; 13: 9:09;
Course: Rolling hills. Nothing too intense. The long steady hill at about mile 12 pretty much wiped me out.
Keeping cool Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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

2008-03-02 4:18 PM

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2008-03-02 4:30 PM
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Good job on your first Half on a not so easy course. Keep up the good work!
2008-03-02 5:09 PM
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One of the hardest things when you first start going long is learning to trust your body at those distances.

Great job! A few more and you will be dropping the hammer a lot sooner and breaking two hours!

Nice race

2008-03-03 5:26 AM
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Great run. It was my first 1/2 yesterday. We finished very close to each other. Nice job staying within yourself. Being able to do that will pay off in HIM and IM distance. Your off to a good start for 2008.
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