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Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Duluth, Minnesota
United States
70F / 21C
Total Time = 2h 02m 24s
Overall Rank = 2187/5407
Age Group = 30-39
Age Group Rank = 170/302
Pre-race routine:

We ended up staying 45 minutes outside Duluth so we had to get up at 3:30 a.m. to get to Duluth on time. Had a half a bagel with some peanut butter, cup of coffee and some water on the drive in.
Event warmup:

None really. Just some light stretching.
  • 2h 02m 24s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 20s  min/mile

My goal was a 9 min pace but I knew early on that just wasn't going to happen. I felt fine but I was having to work way too hard for my pace and I knew that would cost me later in the run and it did. The last 3 miles I was down to a 10+ pace. My avg HR was 172 so I pushed about as hard as I could.

The only real problem came about 5 miles in when I decided I just had to pee. The port-a-potties all had lines so I decided to just jump in the woods. I eyed a spot and bolted into the ditch. Next thing I know I'm standing in water and mud up to my mid calf. NICE!!

The next 3-5 miles was fun running in water and mud caked shoes. Well played Einstein!
What would you do differently?:

For starters, look before you jump into a ditch but even that didn't really affect my pace, it was just an annoyance.

Otherwise I just need to keep at the run training. Sooner or later I'll find some speed...hopefully!
Post race
Warm down:

Met up with my wife, grabbed my sweat bag and wound down for about 15 minutes. Then headed back to the twin cities.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Just need more work on the run, simply as that.

Event comments:

This was my first race at this distance and really enjoyed it. Great course, great volunteers, etc. Will try and do it again next year.

Last updated: 2008-02-20 12:00 AM
02:02:24 | 13.1 miles | 09m 20s  min/mile
Age Group: 170/302
Overall: 302/5407
Performance: Average
Avg HR was 172
Course: point to point
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2008-06-22 1:19 PM

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Arden Hills, MN
Subject: Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon

2008-06-22 1:22 PM
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Iron Donkey
, Wisconsin
Subject: RE: Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon

Ummmm, look before you leap, perhaps?    Pottie breaks are supposed to happen before the race, donchaknow.

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