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New Bedford, Massachusetts
United States
New Bedford Half Marathon Committee
45F / 7C
Total Time = 1h 39m 6s
Overall Rank = 692/1950
Age Group = M25-29
Age Group Rank = 84/137
Pre-race routine:

Had my 53x11coffee, oatmeal, sat around for awhile. Then realized I was still hungry so I had a half a sandwich with Nutella on it, about to walk out the door, still felt empty, so had another half a PB&J sandwich.
Event warmup:

Standing in line waiting for the bathroom. Line was moving super slow, some of the doors were marked 'locked' but I had seen anyone moved, I asked if people saw anyone go in, they thought they had, finally first guy in line knocked, 3 portapotties where empty. Line moved much quicker.

Then jogged around for awhile and shed some layers.
  • 1h 39m 6s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 34s  min/mile

Went out a bit too fast, passed the Hoyts, then settled in and pushed more and more the further I got into the race.

I got passed and passed a ton of people throughout the run.

Slower than I thought, turns out race was chip-timed, but it wasn't chip timed. It counted your chip as you finished but not as you started, so people that were seeded further back got hurt. Normally it doesn't matter.
What would you do differently?:

Check Garmin in the morning, I was up for 2.5hours before I left. I think I could have pushed a bit more after the initial hills.

Test out new shorts on a longer run. So I got new shorts. They are my first pair of 'short' shorts. My normal running shorts are just around/just past mid thigh. These are short. My legs don't really touch, or at least I never thought they did. Sometime around mile 5 my thighs starting burning, by mile 9 they were on fire. I do not think this really effected my race much, except that it added some serious pain. I thought I lubed up well, but didnt go down far enough.
Post race
Warm down:

Walk for 2min, get in line for the massage. AWESOME massage. Best post-race massage, it was long and my shoulder was really bothering me and the guy worked on it for a long time, I couldn't even raise my arm after the race.

Grabbed a bottle of water and ate a few half-oranges. There was a ton of food back at some place that wasn't the finish, but I had to go and pick up my daughter.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Garmin. Lack of splits after the 9th or 10th mile. Overall good race, possibly could have been faster with the Garmin, but not sure how much I would have been.

Event comments:

Honestly, they had everything setup perfect. Shops had post-race discounts, tons of free food I skipped out on. Only improvement would have been Gatorade or something similar at the water stations.


Last updated: 2009-02-25 12:00 AM
01:39:06 | 13.1 miles | 07m 34s  min/mile
Age Group: 84/137
Overall: 137/1950
Performance: Good
So yesterday, plugged my Garmin in let it sit for a bit, and it said it was charged. Cool. Turn it on at the race 'low battery' this has happened to me 3 times now, shut off before the race even started. So I have no data. 0:21:40 @ mile 3 0:45:xx @ mile 7 1:08:xx @ mile 10 I was hoping to average 7:15-7:20 ended up at 7:34.
Course: Perfectly marked, first 3 miles were pretty hilly with two massive hills, then it was flat until about 11.8mile? where there was a massive almost mile long hill followed by a short decline and finished flat. Everything was shut down for this race, could not have asked for anything better.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %1.02
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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

2009-03-15 7:24 PM

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2009-03-16 7:10 AM
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Nice race Aaron! 
2009-03-16 7:49 AM
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Nice job out there buddy, you are progressing towards a strong season...

Not sure about those short shorts I personally wouldn't be seen dead in them next step is running in speedo's 8-)

2009-03-16 9:09 AM
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Great race and great report... What happened to the rule not to try out any new equipment on race day???
2009-03-16 6:12 PM
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Nice race, Aaron.  All those miles are paying off. 43 sec. a mile faster than last year's 10 miler.  That's a HUGE improvement.  Keep digging and you'll see 1:30 for sure.
2009-03-16 8:51 PM
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Short shorts, ay?  Can't think of that without remembering the old Nair commercials.

Nice job on the race.  From what you wrote, I take it you wanted to go even faster, but your finish time sounds pretty peppy to me

2009-03-17 8:13 PM
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Thanks for all the comments. Yeah yeah short shorts, it was awkward at first. I saw old men in worse which made me feel better?
2009-03-19 8:22 PM
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Was it windy? I've considered doing it in the past...what about the course?

Great job out there...lots of fasties racing now all preping for Boston. I wish I lived in an area without so many good runners..maybe Alabama or someplace like that.

Nice work...

Repeat "nothing new on race day"  short shorts for men..hmmmm.

2009-04-22 10:36 AM
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Excellent Race man.  Yeah, my Garmin does that to me once in a while.  Annoying as heck.  Was this a PR for you?

Super fast man

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