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Phoenix, Arizona
United States
Elite Racing Inc.
70F / 21C
Sunny
Total Time = 2h 04m 39s
Overall Rank = 5276/21990
Age Group = M 30-34
Age Group Rank = 522/1165
Pre-race routine:

Was up at 0500 (what's the 0 stand for? 0 crap its early!) to get myself ready for a 0530 pickup by my cousin's friend. I had to do some rummaging around my cousin's house but found a toenail clipper, a tube of Aquaphor, a slice of bread and a banana. Sounds like a McGyver skit. Anyhow, I got myself all ready and we drove over to the finish area near Sun Devil Stadium to park and catch the bus to the start. One of the benefits of being my cousin's cousin, is that he's extraordinairly generous. When he heard I was running, he hooked me up with his friend who was running AND scored me a pass to the "Warm Zone" which was a heated tent with all the pre-race stuff one could need. Considering that we'd be sitting around for a LONG time, this kicked ass! Better yet, the proceeds went to a kids charity. So we sat around chit chatting, making frequent port-a-potty stops, and getting ourselves ready. About 20 minutes before the race we made our way to the start and found our respective corrals.
Run
  • 2h 04m 39s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 31s  min/mile
Comments:

As we crossed the timing mats, I couldn't help but feel really excited for the race. I came in with few expectations and was really looking forward to racing for fun. Right away I was feeling pretty comfortable but knew full well that this was going to hurt. The first couple of miles clicked off with little fanfare. The irony of running past homeless people backdropped by some sort of lot which had chain link fences topped in razor wire was not lost on me. To be sure, this is not the prettiest half marathon course. Around the 5k mark, a little abdominal cramping set in on my right side which would come and go most of the race. It was also starting to feel warm and I regretted wearing sleeves just a little bit. I think I drank pretty smartly in this race. I skipped the first aid station all together and then only drank a bit at each one following. The goal was to drink to thirst and I succeeded in that. I also think I ate pretty smartly by not eating much. I had 2 Clif Shot Bloks the whole race and didn't suffer at all because of it. This is a huge departure from my former strategy of a whole gel every 45 minutes or so. Anyhow, I passed the halfway mark at almost exactly an hour and thought that I might have a shot at a PR but also knew that the only hills on the course were to come, that I'd be hurting more and more as the miles went by and that the temp would continue to rise. At an aid station somewhere around 7 or 8 miles, I got caught in a pack and ended up having to walk a bit and boy howdy did that hurt. That's when I knew I was going to have to suck it up to finish this with any sort of strength. Miles 8 - 11 felt like really long ones just from my inability to distract myself from the pain and boredom. The abdominal cramps were really starting to set in more seriously and more permanently, too. After mile 11, the wheels sorta came off and I had to walk a couple of times due to the cramping. Somewhere on the bridge over Tempe Town Lake, I was taking a little walk break, hands on hips, and a woman ran up and grabbed my elbow and said "you can't walk NOW!" and got me to move my ass along. About mile 12.5 I got a nice little finish boost when somebody in the crowd yelled "you all get to go have Dairy Queen tonight" and I got SOOOOOOOOOO excited by that. So I started hauling ass as much as I could. A couple of tenths out from the finish, I looked at my watch and realized that I just might be able to set a new PR by a couple of seconds if I sprinted. So I gave it is much as I could, weaving through all the other runners and blew across the line just missing it by about 10 seconds.
What would you do differently?:

Train. :)
Post race
Warm down:

Moseyed along with all the other thousands of runners trying to keep my quads from cramping up. They were NOT happy with that finish line sprint (nor the pounding the 13 miles prior). I actually contemplated going to medical to ask to get a bag of saline but there were some in much worse shape than me. For whatever reason, my stomach wasn't in its usual revolt and accepted some nutrition. The Cytomax was good, some salty chips better and the bullet popsicle divine. Eventually we made our way back to the car and fought lots of traffic to get out. What might've been most amazing was that there were still THOUSANDS of people still out on the half mary course after 3 hours of race time had already passed. Our route out ended up paralleling the course and there were people back as far as the halfway mark. Boy, talk about a LONG day for them.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Training.

Event comments:

Considering the nearly 30000 participants between the half and full marathon, this is UNBELIEVABLY well organized.




Last updated: 2008-09-26 12:00 AM
Running
02:04:39 | 13.1 miles | 09m 31s  min/mile
Age Group: 522/1165
Overall: 5276/21990
Performance: Good
Course: Through the ghetto and not-so-ghetto parts of Phoenix.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2009-01-20 2:31 PM
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Subject: RE: P. F. Chang's Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Half Marathon

Congratulations on getting it done out there!  I had a sufferfest of my own miles 9-13 so I can relate.  Great effort getting across the finish line.

2009-01-20 3:05 PM
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Way to go sucking it up and sprinting across the finish line!
2009-01-20 6:12 PM
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Subject: RE: P. F. Chang's Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Half Marathon
Nice job and way to motor through.  Those popsicles were nice!  I ended up having 13.13 on my Garmin so distance seemed close.  But early splits were way off according to the "live results."
2009-01-20 8:55 PM
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All and all sounds like a pretty successful race! Congrats!
2009-01-21 6:16 AM
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Great race Tommy.  Can't wait to get you down to New Prague in May to set some PR's.


2009-01-21 7:54 AM
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Subject: RE: P. F. Chang's Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Half Marathon
Great run. You couldn't beat the weather for the weekend especially given what we left in Minnesota. I love the fact that someone grabbed your arm and got you back to running. That's the only pretty part of the course. I love running the bridge and through the people and you come to the end of it and take a left. Too bad you just missed a PR. How about the ice in the Cytomax?? It's hard enough to drink while run but to avoid the ice made it even more challenging. I did see a homeless individual or two. You also saw a video/book store or two that looks pretty nasty along the way also. Overall, it's a great weekend getaway and fun to run with so many people. Congratulations!!
2009-01-21 10:35 AM
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Subject: RE: P. F. Chang's Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Half Marathon
Nice job!  You'll have no trouble with a sub-2 next time... assuming you train more, that is
2009-01-21 10:38 AM
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Convert one of those late race walks into a slow(er) run and you'll be golden. Can't wait to see what you can do with a little race specific training!
2009-01-21 11:33 AM
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A consistent pace with no training is pretty damn good!  Yummm....Dairy Queen!!   Some of the scenery sounds like the ghetto in the Baltimore Marathon.  Way to go with keepin' it up.  Great work...next one will rock even harder!
2009-01-22 3:36 AM
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Subject: RE: P. F. Chang's Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Half Marathon
CONGRATULATIONS! Awesome job, what with less than optimal training and powering through those abdominal cramps ... and you were right in your blog, next time, you will BLOW the PR away! You did great!


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