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Waukesha, Wisconsin
United States
Re/Max and The Park Foundation of Waukesha
40F / 4C
Sunny
Total Time = 4h 54m 53s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Spent the night in a hotel near I-94, about 10 min. or less from the start. Coach made it in late from his drive coming in.

Quick shower, ate 2 hard-boiled eggs, a Powerbar, an orange, a banana, drank a glass of water and Apple Juice.
Picked out appropriate layering - 1 polypropylene long pants, running shorts, IM anklets, 1 long-sleeve wick-type shirt, Donkai race top, and an old cotton turtle-neck long-sleeve top, and went with the heavier trainer shoes for more padding instead of the racing flats.
Event warmup:

Got to the start just after 7:20 a.m. and picked up packet. Before the start saw AJ!!! THANKS for catching me before the start!! You were a bright smile for my start! *HUGS* She said that Craig told her to tell me "good luck". Thanks, Craig!!

Jogged around for about 10 min. prior to start.
Run
  • 4h 54m 53s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 11m 16s  min/mile
Comments:

Boring as hell due to the paved trail was SO FLAT, even though the scenary was nice with all the trees.

There was some kind of cricket-chirping noises in a swamp area along the route somewhere - that's how quiet and lonely it was with not being near anyone.

Only 4 aid stations. Mile 3, Mile 6 or 7, Mile 10 and then below the tower. They only had water, orange slices, and heavily-watered-down gatorade. You pretty much had to rely on your own supply. Luckily I brought gels.

The view at the top of the tower was pretty.

I decided to leave a little 1TT presence at the race - I leaned over one side of the tower railing and left a snotrocket, but I checked below to make sure no one would get hit. ;)

Yep - got the cramps making my way through the trail and they lasted for quite awhile. Can't tell when that happened in the per mile breakdown, can ya? ;)
THIS WAS BRUTAL! And, as my coach said, it was NOT a PR-type of Mary. So true!
The last 2 to 2-1/2 miles I REALLY felt the exhaustion and pain in the joints and left ITB, which didn't make it any easier finishing. Getting old sucks. ;)

I believe I took in enough water and gatorade, and gels, and some orange slices along the route. I popped in about 4 salt tablets, but, that still didn't help.
What would you do differently?:

Somehow lock-in my nutrition and get the cramps worked out.
Training plan was more for IM Moo base-training and not for running, specifically.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around and stretched some. Grabbed some water, but denied the popcorn.

All the Donkai but AJ (and Craig?) left sometime after their 1/2 Mary race, but I missed Amy by about 5 minutes (I spoke with her and Craig later). SH1T! THANKS FOR WAITING! SORRY I MISSED YA!. :(

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My IM training, since it's geared at that instead of a Mary.
Getting better sleep the two nights before the Mary.

Event comments:

To be honest, because I'm retentive -
Cons:
1). The course needed at least one more aid station, or could have provided bananas.
2). A couple of intersections, even though did not have traffic, should have had a volunteer available, for safety concern.
3). A couple more orange pylons strategically placed on the route in town would have helped the navigation on the way back since no one was around and I wasn't familiar with the route. Besides, who carries the map with them? ;)
4). The lack of financial backing is what hinders this race to make it better.
5). All the food was gone by the time I got back. FLIPPING 10Kers thinking they can eat everything before the Marathoners come in! BASTAGES!! All I got was a water and some peanuts.

Pros:
1). 90% of the racers were supportive of each other as you pass along the route.
2). Volunteers were friendly enough.
3). One older gentleman, who was in his 50s and looked like he was still a runner, was everywhere on the route giving praises, and, at the finish line, gave my coach a praise about my running form! Cool!




Last updated: 2009-04-05 12:00 AM
Running
04:54:53 | 26.2 miles | 11m 16s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Breakdown: 1 - 9:42.12 2 - 9:13.35 3 - 9:29.80 4 - 9:38 5 - 9:35.75 6 - 10:10.62 7 - 10:12.55 8 - 10:24.93 9 - 10:42.60 10 - 11:12.50 11 - 10:12.78 12 - 10:50.40 13 - 13:19.67 <== On the trail. Started getting cramps. 14 - 15:40.80 <== OWIE!!! 15 - 13:41.90 <== Coming back w/more cramps. 16 - 11:20.85 <== Finally off the trail! 17 - 10:41.18 18 - 10:40.03 19 - 9:47.71 <== Wanted to stay ahead of a guy 20 - 9:49.81 <== Was trying to catch another person 21 - 10:08.88 22 - 10:41.20 23 - 12:31.87 24 - 11:01.96 25 - 12:33.98 <== Cramps settled in and wouldn't leave. 26 - 14:18 < 300 feet - 42 seconds or so I think the GPS didn't register the distance going up the tower, so that's why it appears short at the end but the time is correct.
Course: Out and back. First 2-1/2 miles or so is running through the city. Next 9 miles on the Glacier Drumlin bike/running trail which was SO BORINGLY FLAT, but paved. The last 2 miles or so is on the Ice Age Trail, which was VERY TOUGH! The first 1/2 mile was swampish/muddy on the trail, then it was hilly with lots of boulders, which were smaller than the size of a volleyball, and tree roots. This was NOT, I repeat, NOT a PR course! Then, to reach the 1/2-way mark, you climb up a flight of railroad-tie stairs, then up the 40-feet tall Lapham Peak tower! You return on the same route.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Ok
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

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2009-04-07 8:45 PM

Iron Donkey
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2009-04-07 9:54 PM
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Expert
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Great job Phil!

2009-04-07 10:27 PM
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Elite
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Awesome job Phil!!! Always great to see you!! Sorry I missed your finish.

2009-04-08 1:53 AM
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Melon Presser
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Not a laugh at all--you did AWESOME! CONGRATULATIONS!!! You did a tough run, hit horrible cramps, and powered through anyway!!!
2009-04-08 7:30 AM
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Elite
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Great race Phil!!!  Way to pound out a tough one!
2009-04-08 7:34 AM
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Awesome Phil!!!!!


2009-04-08 7:41 AM
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Royal(PITA)
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Great job out there, Phil!  Battled the demons and came out STRONG!
2009-04-08 9:54 AM
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Atlanta, Georgia
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FILLLL! You did great! Congrats!
2009-04-08 1:12 PM
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Science Nerd
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Great job, Phil!!!  You're way faster than me and I didn't even have to climb up a tower. 
2009-04-08 1:31 PM
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Master
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Delafield, Wisconsin
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Awesome job Phil!  Did you remember to look for my house from the tower?
2009-04-08 1:59 PM
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Champion
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NICE RACE FILL!!! You are most definitely the man. Snot rocket mannnnnn ... that is.


2009-04-08 3:00 PM
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Iron Donkey
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jmwebs - 2009-04-08 1:31 PM Awesome job Phil!  Did you remember to look for my house from the tower?

I hope I didn't hit it with my snotrocket.

2009-04-08 3:34 PM
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Master
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Great Job!!! Eaawww!
2009-04-08 6:49 PM
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Master
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West Bend, WI
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Super job Super dork !!!
2009-04-08 6:58 PM
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Master
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Kauai, Hawaii
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Sounds liked you amused yourself considering it was a boring trail.  Great job!
2009-04-08 7:57 PM
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TinkerBeth
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Good Job Philthy!


2009-04-09 11:54 AM
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Champion
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i was supposed to laugh? Great job!!
2009-04-09 2:06 PM
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Expert
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Milwaukee, WI
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Great job Phil. Sorry that I missed you. The 5Kers left no food for us slow 1/2 marathoners either so I had to leave to get food.
2009-04-10 11:29 AM
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Great job Phil!! Sucks about the food and cramps though!!!  You did the Donkai Nation Proud!!!

2009-04-11 7:00 AM
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Great job Phil! You should have tracked down those 10Kers and beaten them to a pulp
2009-04-11 11:10 AM
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Champion
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Great race Phil!  Way to deal with all the adversity!


2009-04-11 5:29 PM
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Elite
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nicely done donkey eeeaaaaawwwwww!
2009-04-11 5:40 PM
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Master
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nice run buddy!!!

 Way to DTFU thru those cramps and finish

 

 

 

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2009-04-13 1:45 PM
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Expert
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GREAT JOB!!!
2009-04-14 6:37 PM
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Way to stick it out with the cramps, and the pains, ect!! Wowser!!! Definitely doesn't look like a marathon that I will be doing....But kudos to you!! Recover and looking forward to reading your daily blogs once my computer cooperates...Awesome job andx great running form is truly a killer compliment..Stay Healthy and God's Speed!
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