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Buffalo Creek 1/2 marathon - RunHalf Marathon


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Sarver, Pennsylvania
United States
40F / 4C
Overcast
Total Time = 2h 07m 12s
Overall Rank = 282/316
Age Group = 35 to 39
Age Group Rank = 27/30
Pre-race routine:

Woke up... ate some toast and peanut butter... cup of coffee. My brother drove me to the site, got my stuff visited the potty.
Event warmup:

I did a little run along the road. I had taken off my long pants, and unzipped my jacket to start getting acclimated to the cold. It was freezing (40 is a guess... it might have been colder). After the little run, I put on my gloves... as long as my fingers are warm, I can take most other things.
Run
  • 2h 07m 12s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 43s  min/mile
Comments:

My strategy was to start the first few miles at an easy pace and then try to build from there. So off I went, feeling very smooth and easy. I kept thinking about Crowny's signature... "slow is smooth, smooth is fast." I felt incredibly smooth and not too forced. So when we hit the first mile marker, I was STUNNED to hear "ten minutes!" What?!?!?! I dialed it back a little, so when I hit three miles My average pace for the whole run was 10:10/mile.

BUT at that point I felt GREAT. So I tried picking it up a little. By mile four my average pace had dropped four seconds per mile. At that point, I picked it up some more. I thought that I would see if/when I would bonk... but at some point Spokes made a comment along the lines of "by mile 6 of a half-marathon you should be hanging on with white knuckles." So from mile four on, at any point I felt like I was slowing down, I would just keep cranking it... Every couple miles I got to see my brother who would be waiting and watching for me where the rail trail crossed the road. It was great to see him, and an incredible encouragement. Throughout those first five miles I was completely under a runner's high. The run was beautiful with the fall foliage. I felt incredible.

At mile 8, I thought I had an outside shot at going under 2:00:00. I didn't but I knew I was going far below my previous half-marathon best of 2:38... just not how far. Imagine my surprise to find my average pace to be below 9:43!!!

Here are the splits that I took.
Dist. time Avg Pace
mile 1: 10:00 10:00
mile 3: 30:30 10:10
mile 4: 40:26 10:06
mile 6: 59:45 9:58
mile 8: 1:18:29 9:48
mile 10: 1:37:14 9:43
mile 12: 1:56:30 9:42
mile 13.1: 2:07:11.9 9:43

What I found amazing was that my tempo runs were set at 9:50. HA! Is that how it is supposed to work?

Also... every once in a while I could feel a stitch forming in my side. I started doing some deep breathing to sort of stretch out my diaphragm. After a few deep breaths, the very little pain subsided. I will have to remember that for the future.

The ONLY downside to the race was at mile #12's aid station, as I approached I called out, "Who has water?" Two volunteers pointed to a third. I grabbed the cup from him and kept running only to find that I had grabbed gatorade... I drank it because I needed some fluid, but I was unhappy with that. I had only been taking in water with some shot blocks and a gu... I am not sure the gatorade sat well in my stomach since what happened after my finish. But it wasn't too bad really, and might even have been unrelated.

What would you do differently?:

Nothing really... best performance ever for me in a race.
Post race
Warm down:

When I finished, I walked around a little bit, started to cough and occasionally in the midst of the coughing started to dry heave. That was new. But then I walked over grabbed a bagel, and a banana and some water. My brother and I walked back to the car. I put on a dry shirt, my jacket and my track pants so I could stay warm. We walked back to the finish area where I ate and drank a little more. After the raffle, my brother and I walked back to the car and drove back to his house.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Absolutely nothing... well except maybe my weight. As I lose more weight, I hope to get faster.

Event comments:

This race is well-organized, and everyone should be able to post a great time on this mostly flat course. I would certainly think about doing this again.




Last updated: 2008-07-31 12:00 AM
Running
02:07:12 | 13.1 miles | 09m 43s  min/mile
Age Group: 27/30
Overall: 282/316
Performance: Good
Course: The course was a point to point course starting at the Sarver VFD running for about a mile and half on the roads, and then on rail trail for about another 11 miles, with the remainder on the roads. The climb from the rail trail to the road was painful. The run was absolutely beautiful through the woods. Most of the run was on crushed limestone with occasional patches of pavement.
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
Evaluation
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2008-10-19 6:04 PM
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Congratulations!  That's an awesome improvement from your previous PR!! 
2008-10-19 7:58 PM
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What an excellent race!  Congratulations!!
2008-10-19 9:54 PM
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Iron Donkey
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Soooooooooo close to getting that sub-2.  Next time!!
2008-10-19 10:09 PM
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Congrats!  Sounds like an awesome race.
2008-10-19 11:48 PM
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2008-10-20 8:03 AM
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Subject: RE: Buffalo Creek 1/2 marathon

Holla, holla.  Look who got mentioned in a RR.  Yeah, it would be this guy, right here!

Dude, I'm honored you thought of me as part of your race.  I can't take credit for the saying, but I'll take credit for using it over, and over again.

So totally stoked for you.  Seriously major chunk of time carved out of that PR. 

See what training will do for you?!?!?!  Big time, internet high five from Chi-town coming your way.

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