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Littleton, Colorado
United States
40F / 4C
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 35m 11s
Overall Rank = 95/800
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 15/56
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 5:30 and couldn't fall back asleep. Rolled out of bed at 6:45. Ate a Clif bar and a banana. Drank some HEED.
Event warmup:

15 minutes of stretching and some light jogging and strides.
Run
  • 1h 35m 11s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 16s  min/mile
Comments:

Weird start as I think only the front group heard the announcement and it wasn't until the spectators started yelling at us that we finally started. Started off very comfortable and at a rough goal pace of 7:15 per mile. Felt very strong through the first seven miles with my HR in the high 140s. Around this point I tagged along with two guys who were running a consistent pace and just stuck on them. They made it very easy for me. At mile 10, I started getting hot spots on both of my front soles, with the left being worse. It continued to get worse through the duration of the race.
I took Gatorade starting at mile 4 and continued throughout. At 8 I took a PowerGel and had a little of it but it was too thick and I didn't have water. Skipped fluids at mile 12. Felt good in this respect and had no stomach issues or cramping.
Definitely felt tired up the last hill on 8th Ave but stayed with my "pacers." I like hills anyway. They took off going down the hill but I caught them on the flat and passed both of them with a few hundred yards left. "Thanks for pacing me for six miles, now I'll outkick you." What an a$$hole! (see photo below)
What would you do differently?:

I think I could have run this faster in general. I don't think 7 minute miles were out of the question.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around to keep my quads from cramping. Stretched a bit, got some food, and had a lukewarm massage (knead me already!). Of course after reading Dillard's report, everybody was there and I missed them!

Ended up having a good pinch blister on my left foot and a smaller one on my right. I've never really had problems with blisters but attribute it to running at a faster pace and entirely on concrete. Probably time to replace my socks too.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Racing at these distances is foreign to me. Last summer, a 10k was a big race and I was more comfortable with 5ks. So I really have no idea what I'm capable of. My training was ok with a long run of 12 miles two weeks ago but I didn't specifically train for this race.

But overall I'm happy with the race and it's a good starting place. My goal was to run 7:15 miles or better.

Event comments:

Very well run race. Picked up my packet in the morning and that was quick and easy.
Again, the actual start was a little confusing but I really liked that they organized it by goal pace. Now if we can just get runners to seed themselves properly...


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Last updated: 2008-03-30 12:00 AM
Running
01:35:11 | 13.1 miles | 07m 16s  min/mile
Age Group: 15/56
Overall: 95/800
Performance: Good
Ave HR 158; Max 173 All splits were between 7:09 and 7:19.
Course: City streets for first 1.5 miles, then on to the Platte River trail sidewalks for the rest. Net descent. But a few rollers here and there and a pretty good hill at 12.1 miles. Light head wind throughout. But great weather otherwise.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2008-04-07 10:20 AM

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2008-04-07 2:29 PM
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Subject: RE: Platte River Half Marathon
Sorry I missed you!  I didn't plan on doing it until "Friday last week.  My wife decided to do the relay with Juliapurr and then I decided to run it.  Anyway, you did awesome, that is a great pace.  See you at one of these soon.
2008-04-07 2:47 PM
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Broomfield, Colorado
Subject: RE: Platte River Half Marathon
Hey, nice race!  Fast times and consistent splits!
2008-04-07 10:25 PM
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Lakewood, CO
Subject: RE: Platte River Half Marathon
Nice race out there,  sounds like the 7 min miles are not that much of a reach.  Keep building!!
2008-04-08 8:09 AM
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Conifer, Colorado
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Congrats on a very solid performance!
2008-04-08 9:40 AM
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Parker, CO
Subject: RE: Platte River Half Marathon
Well run race for you...sounds like this was your first crack at this distance.  I think you now have a better idea of what you can do and sub 7s I think is very realistic.  Nice job!


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