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Austin, Texas
United States
The Austin Marathon Foundation, Inc.
50F / 10C
Total Time = 1h 58m 59s
Overall Rank = 1824/6959
Age Group = M 30-34
Age Group Rank = 221/516
Pre-race routine:

Up at 5. Made coffee. Woke up the wife and three cousins who were also running. Banana. Slice of wheat bread with PB. Bottle of Heed.
Event warmup:

Um, I'm still not that crazy of a distance athlete that I warm up for half mary's.

Made a last pit stop at the porta potty about 30 minutes before race time, and TexasMPGal walked up to the line at the same time and asked if I was Me. Sweet! Always fun meeting more BT'ers. Chatted with Brittany and a friend of hers in line.
  • 1h 58m 59s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 05s  min/mile

The half and full marathons started together, so I seeded myself just in front of the 4 hr pace group with my goal at 2 hours, expecting to finish around 2:02-2:05. With about 14,000 runners, it took over four minutes to get to the start line. With about 14,000 runners, it was pretty easy to not push the pace the first few miles!

The first three miles is a gentle climb of about 200 feet. With all the runners around me, I didn't even notice the incline until I got to the end of it and felt the relief of running on flat ground again.

Pit stop around mile 3.5 to pee in the woods and got passed by the 4 hr may pace group while I was taking care of business. Passed the pack surrounding the pace group sign in the next half mile and never saw them again.

Around mile 7 I was about five minutes ahead of pace for a 2 hour finish and was excited because I was still comfortable and relaxed. Started having some ITB pain at this point though. Never got too bad but was aware of it for the rest of the race.

After mile 7 there are a few uphills and they started setting me back toward a 2 hour finish bit by bit but I kept my eye on the pace to make sure I stayed on pace for sub 2.

At mile 11 I came up on our cheering crew of some of my cousins, their kids, my bro and his gf. My brother jumped in and ran two miles with me which was nice. I just kept on at my pace and let him fall in with me. There are a about 7 hills in the last 5 miles and I power walked up all of them even when my bro was yapping at me to keep running. Dood, I'm going at the best pace I can keep up here!

There were 1000/800/600/400/200/100 yard to the finish signs which was a nice touch. Great crowd around the capital and down the block to the finish line. A bit like IMWI, only not nearly as exciting... Gave it all I had the last two blocks and felt great to finish under 2!

Stretched out at the finish and one of my cousins came in a couple minutes later. It was her first sub 2 half mary so it was fun to celebrate with her.

Good food at the finish--hot chicken noodle soup, fruit, chips, cookies.

Wore swim trunks, long sleeve tech t with tri donkai tri top over it. Was perfect for the temps.

Hammer Gel at 40 and 1:20
Salt Stick caps at 30, 60, and 90
Water and/or Power Aid at all of the aid stations except the first and last. There were aid stations every 1.25 miles or so, great to have so many of them! The other halfs I've done only had a couple aid stations so this was great.
What would you do differently?:

Train more! My long run going in was 8 miles the week before the race. Didn't do any real hill training. But, for this early in the season, I'm happy with where my run fitness is.
Post race
Warm down:

Walk and eat.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training, particularly on hills.

Event comments:

Great weekend with my cousins, fun race, great weather. Fantastic!

Last updated: 2008-12-02 12:00 AM
01:58:59 | 13.1 miles | 09m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 221/516
Overall: 1824/6959
Performance: Good
Haven't been training with HR so skipped it for the race and went on RPE and pace groups. 1&2 18:32 (missed the first mile marker) 3 8:39 4 9:16 5 8:27 6 & 7 16:57 (apparently there was no mile marker 6) 8 9:40 9 9:13 10 9:44 11 9:33 12 8:49 13-13.1 10:09
Course: Hilly. Nothing long and steep, but some long mild ones, and some short steep ones. By far the hilliest of the three half mary's I've done now. At mile 6 the course loops back near the start in downtown Austin and the crowd support was fantastic. A bunch of Austin Indy Rock bands were along the course. Some great, some not so good...
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2009-02-16 9:01 PM

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In The Peleton
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2009-02-17 5:12 AM
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London, UK
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Great race Mr. AK, but swim trunks?? WTF. You are a freak.
2009-02-17 11:47 AM
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Lacey, Washington
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Great job, glad you met your goal! Hope you had fun here in Texas and hope you head back down...some great triathlons down here too! Glad I got to meet you--yay for porta potty lines and recognizable racing gear!

2009-02-17 12:58 PM
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Waukesha, WI
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Great job Mr. P. AK.   Sounds like it was a fun race. 
2009-02-18 10:22 AM
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Delafield, Wisconsin
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Hot diggity! great job. Please, for the love of God, get some running shorts.
2009-02-18 1:18 PM
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Nevada City with my BABY!
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Great job! I love peanut butter and Banana sandwiches! UMMMMM. Did you put honey on it too?Congrats to your cousin on her first 2hr sub 1/2 mary! That is my goal for my Princess run in a few weeks.....I need some longs runs in first. YIKES!

2009-02-19 7:48 AM
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West Allis, WI
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Nice job Peter!
2009-02-19 8:04 AM
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Extreme Veteran
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hey it looks like you crossed the line a few seconds before me! good run, cant wait for another one!!!

2009-02-20 8:51 AM
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Muskego, WI
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Sweet race Pete!  Way to hammer on minimal training.  Athletic fockers...I love how you guys can do that.  Really, not jealous at all.  I'm glad for you, I am.  Why would I not be happy that you can pull sweet performances outta your azz? 


2009-02-20 9:05 AM
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Nice job Petah!!
2009-02-20 9:41 AM
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West Chicago
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swim trunks? Really?  do you wear runnign shorts for ows?

Kidding - nice job!

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