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Eco Trekking - RunHalf Marathon

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El Jarillo,
Total Time = 2h 34m 11s
Overall Rank = 45/95
Age Group = Male 35-39
Age Group Rank = 22/40
Pre-race routine:

Race started nearly 3 hours after scheduled! In spite of a beautiful setting, the race organization was a true mess.

On our drive to the site, Mayde and I discussed whether we should race individually to gauge our recovery from the ultra three weeks before or race together as we usually do.

Since we haven't really trained much since our ultra, we decided to run together and make this race our formal return to training.
Event warmup:

Ran for about 5 minutes. I love this place, and I'm so sad that lots of muggings (mainly to MTB'ers) are taking place at this remote little piece of paradise. Therefore, it's been over a year since we last ran here.
  • 2h 34m 11s
  • 21.1 kms
  • 07m 19s  min/km

We were finally off. We started at a good, solid pace, maybe even a bit too fast. By the 3rd km, which we passed just below 15min, Mayde tells me that she's definitely not recovered.

We slowed down a bit. I was pretty sure that she'd recover by the time the climbing began, because she's a much better climber than I am. But she was still struggling a bit. In spite of all that, we were actually going at a good pace and not getting passed.

An hour and a half into the race, she gets a couple of steps ahead of me and begins to push the pace. I was surprised but happy that she dug herself out of that hole.

Then I start worrying whether I would be able to hold that pace she was now pushing. Fortunately, I felt tired only while adjusting to the new pace and then we fell into a groove and passed a bunch of people.

We get to the 19km sign, but my Garmin's already saying that we've covered 20.5. I'm thinking that it's a good thing because we can probably catch some other people over the next 2k. And we do. Sadly, no girls.

With the finish line in sight, Mayde trips hard on a rock. She gets up and isn't laughing it off. I asked her how she felt, but got no reply. She got up, walked for 10 secs and then sped off.

We crossed the finish line together as planned after covering 22.5km and were happy it was over. I was proud of Mayde because she did well even though she wasn't feeling great since the start. Had I been in her position, I probably would have been on the course a whole lot longer.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe not start so fast. Also, I think it would probably have been better for our recovery from the ultra to wait another couple of weeks before racing again.

Still, I felt really good and Mayde showed tough character. She still surprises me after all these years. She finished 5/10 in her AG and 9/26 female overall.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Having finished a 92k mountain ultramarathon just three weeks before. LOL.

Event comments:

I sure hope the organization works around the rough patches. It was a beautiful place to run in, and that's what I'll remember.

But I know a few people who run road races, who were extremely unhappy.

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Last updated: 2009-03-26 12:00 AM
02:34:11 | 21.1 kms | 07m 19s  min/km
Age Group: 22/40
Overall: 40/95
Performance: Good
Course: Flat for 10k then very hilly for the next 12.5k.
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
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
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2009-03-26 8:36 AM

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2009-03-29 5:07 AM
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Good job, wow.
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