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Canyonlands Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Moab, Utah
United States
Rim Rock Roadrunners
40F / 4C
Total Time = 1h 25m 56s
Overall Rank = 46/2899
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 7/216
Pre-race routine:

Got up early and had a bowl of cereal, banana, coffee, and stretched out a little bit. For some reason my mind was running a million miles an hour. I wasn't psyching myself out or anything. I was just trying to prepare myself to dig deep I suppose. I really wanted to push myself as hard as possible and see what happened.
Event warmup:

Not a whole lot. A little jog down from the start area and back up. Froze my arse off and was lucky Dime brought an extra pair of sweats. Shot a GU about 15 minutes before the start.
  • 1h 25m 56s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 06m 34s  min/mile

I really didn't know what to expect. I honestly was shooting for under 1:28:00, but was secretly hoping to go under 1:26:00. I seem to hold something in reserve at most my races and didn't want to use that strategy this time. I wanted to put it all out on the line. I wanted to finish with absolutely nothing left in the tank. I wanted to hurt and know that if anything I gave it everything I had. I hit my first mile in 6:04, after that I settled into a pace that was hard but somewhat sustainable. I hit my 5k at 19:24 and thought "I'm pretty sure that's the fastest 5k I've ran". When I got to the 10k mark I whipped my out gel and glanced at the Garmin. I was absolutely floored when I saw 39:19. That beat my fastest ever 10k by 21 seconds. That rush carried me all the way to the 10 mile mark. At that point I knew I was going to PR pretty big. The last 2 miles hurt pretty bad. It was what my buddy Dime referred to as an anticipated and managed fade. Mile 11 was far and away the hardest. I was just trying to hang on at that point. When I saw the 12 mile sign I knew speeding up was going to hurt something awful, but I did. Came through the finish with pain written all over my face. Got the pics to prove it. This race hurt, but I learned so much from it. My average HR was so high and I didn't know that I could sustain that.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing at all!
Post race
Warm down:

Walked through the finish line and got a chocolate milk and stretched a bit.

Event comments:

This is probably one of my favorite races I've ever done. Everything worked out great. Hanging out with some of the coolest people I've ever met made the experience that much better. Thanks for a great weekend guys!!!

Last updated: 2007-11-21 12:00 AM
01:25:56 | 13.1 miles | 06m 34s  min/mile
Age Group: 7/216
Overall: 46/2899
Performance: Good
Avg HR:171
Course: Course: The USATF certified and sanctioned course starts approximately 11 miles up scenic Hwy. 128 and parallels the Colorado River into Moab. The course continues on Hwy. 191 and through the streets of Moab to City Park and the finish line. The Five Mile Run starts approximately 3 miles up Hwy. 128 and follows the same course as the half marathon. The course is rolling. Net ascent of 400 feet.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2008-03-10 9:39 PM

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Colorado Springs
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2008-03-10 9:43 PM
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Colorado Springs
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Edited by kilo_dave 2008-03-10 9:48 PM
2008-03-11 5:28 AM
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Conifer, Colorado
Subject: RE: Canyonlands Half Marathon
You totally killed that race! I'm stoked that you went out and ran 100%. What a fantastic way to start the season... You've worked hard on your run for more than a year and it is beginning to show. You have faster races ahead. Congrats on an amazing PR!
2008-03-11 1:53 PM
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Official BT Coach
Englewood, CO
Subject: RE: Canyonlands Half Marathon

Great race Dave!  Wish I was there to see it.  Way to hold on strong at the end.

2008-03-11 6:28 PM
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I'm so impressed with your race this weekend! You are just getting faster and racing smarter with every one you do! I know this race was BIG for you...congrats on blowing away your "secret" goal time and your PR's!!! I knew you were that fast...glad you proved it! Had a blast with you and Meg...look forward to doing it again soon. You guys are good people
2008-03-12 12:46 AM
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Evergreen, CO
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Nice job!!!

Edited by skarl 2008-03-12 12:47 AM

2008-03-12 5:45 AM
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Subject: RE: Canyonlands Half Marathon
Very nice work on breaking your goal time. It sounds like you really pushed yourself those final two miles. How did you feel the day after?
2008-03-13 5:29 PM
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Parker, CO
Subject: RE: Canyonlands Half Marathon
Nice report.  You have really got to be pumped having PR'd for a 5K, 10K and 1/2 Mary all in the same race!  Can't say I have ever experienced that myself.  Fast time...congratulations!
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