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Huntsville Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Huntsville, Alabama
United States
Huntsville Track Club
65F / 18C
Total Time = 2h 18m 16s
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Pre-race routine:

Had alarm set for 0530 but woke up at 0400 hrs and went ahead and got up. Picked up Mark at 0615 and then picked up my other friend Mark at 0630. We got to the race at 0700, got our packets and chilled out till race start.
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  • 13.1 miles
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About 1/2 mile into the run I knew it was gonna be a horrible, terrible, no good, very bad day! My calves were so tight that they would not flush out the lactic acid and the just burned! I really stuggled the first 5 miles. I had to pee and finally found a porta-john but there were 3 woman in line. OMG! How freakin' long does it take to pee!? I stood there for about 4 or 5 minutes (or so it seemed) waiting for the woman to pee.

The rest did me good though as my legs felt much better after the pit stop. I decided I needed to make up for lost time so picked up the pace. I started counting the number of people I passed. Over the next 7 miles I tried to pass as many people as I could. I passed 76 people before crossing the finish line! I was not passed once in the last 7 miles.

The race website said the first 550 people to cross the finish line would get a finisher's medal. I didn't know how many people were in the race but I knew that everbody that I passed increased my chances of getting a medal. I got my medal. It'll be interesting to see if I had not passed 76 people would I still have gotten a medal.

Post race
Warm down:

I took my splits:

1 10:28
2 11:12
3 11:00
4 10:43
5 12:08
6 12:08 (mile 5 and 6 are averaged - this reflects the pit stop)
7 10:15
8 10:31
9 9:47
10 9:37
11 9:45
12 10:22 (mostly up hill)
13 9:11
0.1 1:03

Event comments:

I PR'd this race in 2001 with a 2:05. I was 246 lbs and was 38 years old. Today I was 272 lbs and 45 years old and ran it in 2:18.06.

Last updated: 2008-11-08 12:00 AM
00:00:00 | 13.1 miles |  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
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2008-11-08 12:22 PM

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Subject: Huntsville Half Marathon

2008-11-08 1:13 PM
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Nutmeg State
Subject: RE: Huntsville Half Marathon
Nice job Mike!  Way to pick up the pace and score the negative spilt.  Now you can use this race as motivation to PR at Disney.
2008-11-08 5:28 PM
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St. Louis
Subject: RE: Huntsville Half Marathon
WOW! What a great race - you rocked it!
2013-11-11 9:09 AM
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Vestavia Hills
Subject: RE: Huntsville Half Marathon
You cannot predict your race day but you can deal with it through making race day adjustments ...way to not only negative split the second half but also keep your head in the race. Many people give up when thrown race day curve balls, you excelled. Strong mental effort to match the task given to your legs.

Well done!

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