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MB - AKA the SOUTH!!, SC
United States
30F / -1C
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 33m 19s
Overall Rank = 111/1812
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 11/200+
Pre-race routine:

I drank mucho water on Friday and had a great pasta dinner with Shannon that evening. She is sooooo cool!! Awesome host!! GOODNESS.

Woke up at 4:30AM, showered, ate a Clif bar and had a glass of water. I brought a running outfit with me to MB, but Shannon took me shopping... and I purchased a Sacouney (sp?) outfit for $30!!

She picked me up outside the hotel at 5:45AM.
Event warmup:

We arrived at the race course at 6AM. We waited in the car for a bit. Heated seats!! Did I say Shannon was cool??

Exited car 10 minutes prior to race. I talked with Shannon for a bit before I began working my way toward the front. I ended up being about 20 yds from the starting line.
Run
  • 1h 33m 19s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 07s  min/mile
Comments:

Damn website hasn't posted results yet. I know that I was 11th for my AG. Just don't know how many guys were in my AG. 200 is a CONSERVATIVE number, given 1812 was the total (5 in my AG finished in the top 15 overall - yikes!!).

I ran well. Earlier in the week I realized 1:40 was a given - I just didn't know how fast I could go. My first mile was slooow - 7:25. Reason being, I wasn't close enough to the starting line and was forced to navigate my way through slower runners. It took me about a 1/2 mile before I found "space".

After that, I settled into a rhythm. Pace was relaxed - really!! I felt GREAT and proceded to knock out the miles. The first 8 were easy, whereupon I decided to save my extra gear for the final 5K (although I sooo wanted to cut loose cause I felt sooo good!!). My goals changed also. I went from wanting sub 1:40 to wanting sub 1:30 (although I knew this was a long shot)...at the very least I didn't want to be above 1:35.

At mile 8, the 3:10 marathon pacer caught me... we ran neck and neck until mile 10, before I picked up the pace. Don't know how fast I went, but I did drop him!! However, I really didn't blitz the final 5K. I just didn't have the juice to "sprint" by this point.
What would you do differently?:

Be more daring and let it rip for the last 2 miles. I mean REALLY let it rip. I knew I was on pace for a good time, and I didn't want to risk it by flaming out.

Second, I would take it out faster. I ran conservatively for the most part, if that makes sense. Don't get me wrong I am pleased... but more than anything the goal was to post a sub 1:40 time and set a bar... so I declined to challenge myself with a sub 7 pace from the get go, even though I felt sooo good.
Post race
Warm down:

Had a gatorade, used the facilities, then doubled back and found Shannon!! Ran the last 1/2 mile with her.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My injury, which cost me 3 weeks of training. My conservative (again, relative) approach.

Event comments:

After Shannon finished, she herself doubled back to find her Mom and Sister while I settled down in a clearing and had several FREE micro brews!! Yum!! LOL. By now it was about 9AM!!

Previous PB for 1/2 Marathon was 1:54 at Chicago Lakeshore last Spring!! I went 1:55 for the first half of the Detroit Marathon this Fall.

I am gunning to qualify for BOSTON this Spring (although I think it is a long shot - Fall Marathon will mostly likely be THE race).

For a "supplemental" RR check out my blog on Tuesday!! (Shannon should be...concerned =).)




Last updated: 2005-02-20 12:00 AM
Running
01:33:19 | 13.1 miles | 07m 07s  min/mile
Age Group: 11/200+
Overall: 111/1812
Performance: Good
Drank fluids at every aid station (every two miles). Had a gel 15 minutes prior to start, and took one every 3 miles once race started (excessive, IMO).
Course: BEAUTIFUL DAY. I haven't competed in better weather!! No wind. Sunny. Temps got into the 40's, I think. Shorts and shirt were a GREAT call (it was in the 20's when Shannon picked me up!!). Tossed my gloves at the 8 mile mark (which SHANNON bought for me, along with some cool max, SHARK decaled running socks!! Shannon ROCKS!!) I can't say enough how wonderful the weather was. Ran along the ocean front for about 5 miles. The sun was up by now. Ahh... Course was mostly flat, but had a few mild rollers in the middle portion. Running in MB is an experience!! Felt like I was running at Disney World!! Arcades, colorful shops, bars, rollercoasters, theatres, etc.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Too easy
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2005-02-20 10:45 PM
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Way to go Greg!  You must be so happy to have smashed your time goal.  Sounds like the race was fun to.  Way to kick some serious A$$. 

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2005-02-20 10:49 PM
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Great Race! You were flying through that course. Impressive pace.

2005-02-20 10:54 PM
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Awesome job!  way to blow away a PR AND an expected goal!

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2005-02-20 11:01 PM
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Long awaited RR

What can I say.....now u'r OFFICIALLY the FASTEST runner & swimmer amongst the Michigan Mafia........

Once again..good job.

2005-02-20 11:03 PM
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ROCKSTAR!!


2005-02-20 11:53 PM
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You rock!  I am so impressed that you were able to come back after your injury so strong!  Nice work Greg....you've put in  A LOT of effort and it shows!
2005-02-21 4:02 AM
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Great job mate!!  We all knew that 1:40 was too slow for someone with as much "fire" in their belly as you...well done!!

You've certainly set the "bar" high for you next half marathon!!

2005-02-21 8:30 AM
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Nice job, Fromer...great race......and I LOVE the fact that you aren't satisifed!!!!  Keep pushing, my friend, Boston is right around the corner!
2005-02-21 8:37 AM
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Great job! Keep up the good work. Looking forward to your boston race report.  james
2005-02-21 9:38 AM
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Sounds like a well spent weekend. Congrats on your 11th place! I know you are probably disappointed that you didn't recieve any hardware but you had one competitive age group. Just think, you were in the top 10%. That's impressive.

Awesome job! We are all proud of you!!!


2005-02-21 11:29 AM
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NIce job!  What a great race you had!

Don't worry about "starting out slow" because the opposite is MUCH more painful.  

You blasted through you're goal so CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2005-02-21 5:21 PM
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All I can say is "WOW"

Sounds like you had a great time.  You should be proud of yourself 

2005-02-21 6:28 PM
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I knew you would be nothing less than impressive!!   Great race!! 
2005-02-21 6:51 PM
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wow! you were flying! great pace and a great race overall! congratulations.
2005-02-22 4:00 AM
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Fantastic race - what an amazing run - smashed your PB and sounded like you had a great time doing it - not only are you "fish boy" you are also "running man"
Bloody hell!
Well done.
M ;-)


2005-02-22 10:19 AM
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Awesome race, fromer! Congratulations!!
2005-02-22 10:19 AM
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Awesome race, fromer! Congratulations!!
2005-02-22 3:16 PM
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Great to see such a strong finish Greg. I'd hate to see what you'd have done without the injury.... 1:25 perhaps???? LOL! Very impressive and nice to see that silly 3:10 marathoner didn't give you any trouble. Hopefully some of that speed is going to rub off on the rest of us. Congrats and a fine race.
2005-02-23 10:03 AM
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Awesome job...now you are really putting the pressure on...make sure you don't blow out a wheel before Toledo, it would be a shame not to bring all of that newfound speed to Glass City for a full 26.2...

Seriously, great job...enjoy it

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2005-02-26 9:02 PM
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Greg,

You rock baby! What a blazing fast pace you set on the 1/2 Good God! You are a fast runner! Good job. Boston here you come!



2005-02-27 2:34 PM
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Great race Greg! Truly humbling 1/2 mary time there

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2005-02-27 4:25 PM
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Oh My Word...you are smokin' fast!
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