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Phoenix, Arizona
United States
Elite Racing Inc.
60F / 16C
Sunny
Total Time = 08m 30s
Overall Rank = 1910/21985
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 105/
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 6 am and ate peanut butter toast and a banana along with Powerade Zero and a must, Diet Coke. Left my mom and dad's place about 6:50 a.m. and headed for Phoenix. This year traffic wasn't nearly as congested as last year so we were dropped off at 7:20 about 5-6 blocks from the corrals.
Event warmup:

Used the port-a-potties (twice) and they were the nastiest ones I have ever used. Walked to corral #3 with about 15-20 to spare. Walked around. My brother wanted to jog...nah!
Run
  • 1h 50m 28s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 26s  min/mile
Comments:

Felt really good. Talked with my brother and other runners throughout the race. Not the entire time, of course. This year I took the 13.1 miles in segments. I felt like I just ran from one water station to the next rather than worrying about miles. My mind likes to tell me things like.."legs are getting tired, feet are hurting..." This time I felt so much better. Last year my legs hurt so bad for days after that you would have thought I had never run before in my entire life. They are a little sore the day after but not too bad.
What would you do differently?:

I think if I lost 10 pounds I would feel so much better. Been dealing with those pounds for awhile though.
Post race
Warm down:

Met up with our older brother from Montana who flew out to join us for the event and our parents and took a few pictures and headed out.

Event comments:

Well organized and lots of volunteers. The course is run through some rather ugly parts of town, but you can't beat the weather. It was 79 degrees Thursday-Sunday. It's a great motivator for running in the winter and a great little get away for me.


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Last updated: 2008-12-27 12:00 AM
Running
01:50:28 | 13.1 miles | 08m 26s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/21985
Performance: Average
Course: 8:26/mile Flat course but not very scenic. Last year our first couple of miles were way too fast so I was determined to have a better run and feel good after the run. Last year I bonked about mile 9 and this year I felt good throughout the entire run. We slowed our mile pace only by 13 seconds and it made a huge difference. I think I was a smarter runner though. Slower pace to begin that actually got just a few seconds faster as we went. I drank Cytomax at every stop too. The last 1-2 miles is beautiful as you can see the mountain behind Arizona State University's stadium where the race ended.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
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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2009-01-19 5:23 PM

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Subject: P. F. Chang's Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Half Marathon


2009-01-19 8:45 PM
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Subject: RE: P. F. Chang's Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Half Marathon
Awesome run at PFC, that was a fun run..  Great Job!
2009-01-19 9:08 PM
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Subject: RE: P. F. Chang's Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Half Marathon
Nice! Crazy huge race, huh? Course isn't the prettiest (razor wire and panhandlers, anyone?) but it's pretty dang fast.
2009-01-20 6:14 PM
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Subject: RE: P. F. Chang's Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Half Marathon
Great race and smart pacing!  Usually it only takes once to learn the painful pacing lesson...
2009-01-21 6:13 AM
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Subject: RE: P. F. Chang's Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Half Marathon
Great job Becki.  Top 10% of overall is very immpresive.
2009-01-21 10:37 AM
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Subject: RE: P. F. Chang's Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Half Marathon
Nice!  I bet it felt good to take off all those layers for a few days. 


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