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Trailbreaker - RunHalf Marathon

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
United States
50F / 10C
Total Time = 1h 55m 33s
Overall Rank = 199/375
Age Group = m40-44
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Breakfast as usual: two bagels and a banana. Also sipped on a bottle of Perpetuem on the way to race. Had been battling a bit of a bug the few days before race and a sore hamstring all week. However both seemed to go away on race morning. Registered and met up to shoot the sh*t with the fellow Donks.
Event warmup:

5 minute run from car to registration.
  • 1h 55m 33s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 49s  min/mile

Wanted a PR (sub 1:58:30) but with off season focus being on the bike I wasn't sure what to expect. Plan was to try and lock into a pace of 8:45-8:50 and stay with it as long as possible. I have tried this plan before, but things always seem to fall apart the last 3 miles.

Started out with some encouraging words from Firstnet911 on the bullhorn (I love that thing) This course starts out very flat and with the excitement of the start there is a temptation to go out too fast. I really resisted and tried to stay in with in my goal pace. First mile was about a 8:35. From mile 2 to 7ish (turn around) kept a very steady pace, right were I wanted to be and felt pretty comfortable. I had decided to wear mittens because it was in the '30s when we started. However those got warm pretty quick and I took them off. Craig (Firstnet911)was kind enough to take my sweaty mittens from me. Saw my friend Kyle and all my Donkey friends (Morey1, Cweinger, Talltridad, and Amyjotris) out there and didn't miss any high-fives ;). What I did miss was the turn around. It was not really marked. There were several cones on each side of the road at the turn around. I didn't want to short it, so I crossed the street. A volunteer yelled at me to come back. So I actually ran an additional 10 feet. ;) Anyway the first few miles after the turn around are generally down hillish, so my splits were actually ahead of where I wanted to be and I was still feeling good. Then I got visions of a superdooper PR and started to prepare my 1:50 finisher speech. Then mile 10 hit. I put the speech away. I was familiar with the feeling of the wheels coming off at this point. However, I kept pushing that feeling off. I had tried to be smarter with my nutrition taking in gels at 30min, 60 min. and drinking some Perpetuem I had in the fuel belt at mile 9. This seem to pay off. I faded to 9:10 and 9:05s, but no 10s. When I got to mile 12 I knew that, absent walking the last mile, I would make a PR. I picked it up a little and crossed the finish line feeling like crap, but a good crap. Saw JoeRunner, who promptly told me to walk around before my muscles got too tight (smart advice.)

What would you do differently?:

Spend all winter run training. However, I am not complaining about a 3 minute PR.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around as per JoeRunner's instruction. Talked to everybody about their race. Ate the scraps of food they had left (bananas and nuts)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not enough run training and genetics

Event comments:

I have some bigger goals this year and am very pleased with these results. Not where I want to be, but I think a good sign that I'm heading in the right direction.

Last updated: 2009-03-24 12:00 AM
01:55:33 | 13.1 miles | 08m 49s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 199/375
Performance: Good
Course: along the river, through the woods to (somebody's) grandmother's house. Mostly flat with gradual uphill on way out.
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? No
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2009-04-07 1:41 PM

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Delafield, Wisconsin
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2009-04-07 1:53 PM
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Oh sure....way to encourage Craig and the bullhorn...

Awesome race Jim...I want to be fast like you some day! Nice job! Always great seeing you!

2009-04-07 3:16 PM
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Muskego, WI
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GREAT RACE Jim.  You executed your plan!  I wish I'd have been smart with nutrition like you.  Yea, that turnaround was a little confusing.  I think I did it right (at the road) but many in front of me were turning at the tables.
2009-04-07 3:57 PM
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Waukesha, WI
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Great performance, and we all would have liked to hear the speech.  Glad I was able to dispense some good advice for once. 
2009-04-09 2:02 PM
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Menomonee Falls, WI
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Fan-freaking-tastic, brother. Great race. Savor it.
2009-04-09 2:10 PM
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Milwaukee, WI
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Great race and great to see you, as usual. Maybe after surgery, Craig will take his comedy act to Vegas.

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