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Huntsville, Alabama
United States
Huntsville Track Club
68F / 20C
Total Time = 1h 42m 37s
Overall Rank = 92/563
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 16/41
Pre-race routine:

Up at 0500 to eat and shower. Rogillio(Mike) picked me up at 0615. Then we picked up one of mike's friends and off to the race.
Event warmup:

Picked up my packet, and took a short jog in my warm-ups to get loosened up/ They had a nice ceremony to honor some Marines that were injuries in combat.
  • 1h 42m 37s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 50s  min/mile

I ran a slower pace the first two miles to let the crowd thin out. At about 2.5 miles I found two guys in Fleet Feet uniforms running at a nice pace between 7:40 and 8:00 miles. I just paced off of these two guys, so I wouldn't have to keep checking my pace on the Garmin. As we got close to the turn around I could see a bunch of people were hurting. I knew I would pass several people on the return trip, final count was 34. Anyway at mile 7 one of my rabbits took off and I moved up to talk to the other tunner. We had a good conversation until mile 10 when we caught his previous running mate and it was time for me to up the pace. Any way last 3.1 miles were at 7:27/ mile pace. Finished 1:42:37, alot faster than my 1:47:00 goal.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing ran a nice smooth pace.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, ate a banana and stretched. Talked to two guys I played ball with in High School. Then headed out to run in with Mike, who had a very interesting day.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing, beat my goal time by almost four and a half minutes.

Event comments:

Huntsville Track Club puts on very good races. You got a mostly closed course, a long sleeve tech shirt and a finishers medal all for $13.00. I plan on doing this race again next year.

Last updated: 2008-08-18 12:00 AM
01:42:37 | 13.1 miles | 07m 50s  min/mile
Age Group: 16/41
Overall: 92/563
Performance: Good
Tried to keep HR under 170 bpm until the 5K to go point, then it was wide open. Average HR 173 and Max HR 202.
Course: Mostly flat with a small climb at the 4 and 11 mile points.
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
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

2008-11-09 8:23 PM

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Huntsville, AL
Subject: Huntsville Half Marathon

2013-11-11 9:03 AM
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Vestavia Hills
Subject: RE: Huntsville Half Marathon
Nicely done, negative split and then finish the final 5k well ahead of race pace is a pretty dang good day. You rocked it.

Glad to hear that the Huntsville Track Club puts on a good race. Mountain Mist is on my bucket-list of races ...
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