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Lehigh Valley 1/2 Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
United States
50F / 10C
Total Time = 1h 48m 46s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Nothing special, my normal bagel with jelly and juice. I tried to keep drinking water. I wasn't nervous, i wanted to stay loose and put no pressure on me.
Event warmup:

Ran from the Port-A-Pot to the start line, with about 2 mins before the gun went off.
  • 1h 48m 46s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 18s  min/mile

This 1/2 marathon like some other 1/2 marys have pace groups. So i put myself in the 1:50 group. I started the race in front of the 1:50 group, hoping i could stay in front of the group, if not then i would hope just to finish with them. 1st few miles i was doing well i was keeping a 8:09 pace, i mean mile 2, 3 and 4 were all 8:09s. Mile 5 and 6 were a little slower (8:16 & 8:11). On the way to mile 7 two girls asked if i was keeping my 1:50 pace, i said "I am a little ahead of the group, but i make no promises" so i could hear them talking saying they wanted to stay with me. I don't know if this got my ego all pumped up but i ended up putting in a 7:49 mile. And i have no business putting in a 7:49 mile. Now we were in the park, the park is so nice to run in, but i don't like running on the trail it seems my foot slips from under me and i feel like i run slower. Mile 8 was 8:31, mile 9, 8:00. I knew i had to pick my pace up, so mile 10 (semi-hilly) 8:57, where did that 8:57 come from?? Finally got my pace back at mile 11 with a 8:00. Then it went back down to a 9:00 at mile 12, not really sure why, i didn't feel like i slowed down at all. The last mile i knew i had to pick up the pace so i could get under 1:50. I started to pick up the pace i entered the track made the last turn, saw the race clock and knew i had it. I got my PR 1:48:46!! Oh yeah my last mile .1 was 8:57

I knew i wanted to PR the race, i didn't put any pressure on myself, i just wanted to run as steady as i could and that is exactly what i did. Hooray for me!!!!! Thanks to my training partner Kevin for pushing my on those Thurs and Sat runs.

What would you do differently?:

Looking back on it now, i guess i could have push a little harder. I did what i wanted to do, so really nothing.
Post race
Warm down:

hung out with my friends/teammates

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

Great Great race. If anyone lives within 2 hours of this race you should do it. It's a great race, and a great way to build a solid running base before the tri season starts.

Last updated: 2008-02-27 12:00 AM
01:48:46 | 13.1 miles | 08m 18s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Mile 1-8:28, Mile 2-8:09, Mile 3-8:09, Mile 4-8:09, Mile 5-8:16, Mile 6-8:11, Mile 7-7:49, Mile 8-8:31, Mile 9-8:00, Mile 10-8:57, Mile 11-8:00, Mile 12-9:00, Mile 13.1-8:57.
Course: mostly flat. You enter a park which has some small rollers.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
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

2008-04-28 11:44 AM

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Cinnaminson, NJ
Subject: Lehigh Valley 1/2 Marathon

2008-04-28 5:12 PM
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Barrington, NJ
Subject: RE: Lehigh Valley 1/2 Marathon
Great race man.  It was a lot of fun, hanging out beforehand and afterward.  Too bad Paula couldn't make it out.  Hope she's feeling better.  Already looking forward to doing that race next year!
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