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Des Moines, Iowa
United States
Drake Relays
50F / 10C
Overcast
Total Time = 1h 31m 43s
Overall Rank = 86/951
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 19/74
Pre-race routine:

Woke up early. Had some PB and bananas on toast. Prepared pre and post race drinks and left for Des Moines. Picked up the packet and dropped excess crap at the car
Event warmup:

Jogged a few blocks to the race start from my car. It was cold and and I was wearing shorts and a sleeveless shirt. It seemed like a good way to stay warm. Rain turned into nice big drops just before the start.
Run
  • 1h 31m 43s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m  min/mile
Comments:

Alright, first big race of '09. First stand alone half-mary. Training's been going well since February. I was ready to rock this thing. Both the 8k and half mary runners started together so there was over 2000 runners at the start. I tried to get as close to the front as possible but it was pretty packed. It was chip timed, but we never ran over a timing mat at the start so I'm not quite sure what was up with that. Maybe they were just using it to make it easier to collect finish times.

The gun sounds and we're off. Of course the first mile I'm dancing around slower runners and the time shows. After that it was easier to get in a groove and run my own pace. Before long the 8kers reach the turnaround point and the field thins even more. I was surprised at the lack of signage at that point and the one volunteer who wasn't directing anyone. I wonder if anyone went the wrong way there? The guy running next to me at that point asked if this was the half mary route. "I assume so," I replied and proceeded to leave him in the dust ;)

At this point I was starting to pick people off that started off too strong. The whole time I was thinking I hope I can hold this pace so these same people don't pass me later. I really wanted to hold sub-7s the whole time.

About mile 5 I realized I had forgotten my gels in the car. Doh! No nutrition for me this race and there was only water on the course. I can't worry about that now, I've got some running to do.

I was really surprised when I finished mile six at around 41 minutes. I was smoking my stand-alone 10k pace :) The next few miles were pretty uneventful. Legs were tiring a little, but I kept pushing. Despite the rainy conditions there were a lot of spectators around so that kept things interesting at least.

Getting into mile 10 I could tell that I was starting to slow. I tried to focus on form and my lean and keep moving forward. At one point I remember trying to reason myself that I could take it easy this mile and run a hard 5k to finish things off. What? Take it easy? Shut up brain.

Last 5k. The homestretch. My mantra through this was, you haven't been doing speedwork the last 2 months just to coast in have you? I was pushing hard, but the speed wasn't there. With a mile to go I really cranked hard. I knew I wasn't getting my 1:30 at that point, but I didn't care. I managed a pretty solid sprint to carry me across the finish line!
What would you do differently?:

Remember a gel or two. Take it easy training wise the week before. My legs felt pretty fresh, but I'm guessing there was still some lingering affects from Wednesday's ride
Post race
Warm down:

Walking. Water, bananas, cookies

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Slow start. Possibly tired legs




Last updated: 2009-01-27 12:00 AM
Running
01:31:43 | 13.1 miles | 07m  min/mile
Age Group: 19/74
Overall: 86/951
Performance: Good
1 - 7:05, 2 - 6:48, 3 - 6:28, 4 - 6:29, 5 - 6:54, 6 - 7:15, 7 - 6:52, 8 - 6:57, 9 - 6:48, 10 - 7:43, 11 - 7:28, 12 - 7:15, 13 - 6:56, 0.11 - 0:40
Course: Nice loop through a few Des Moines neighborhoods. Course was described as flat with rolling hills miles 3-11. I'd say that was pretty adequate. Just a couple of sharp climbs that kicked my butt miles 10 and 11.
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
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2009-04-26 3:47 PM

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2009-04-26 4:28 PM
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Great race! You almost got that 1:30 that you wanted. And it sounds like you may want to do a 10k sometime soon to try for a new PR.

Congratulations! Fantastic job!


2009-04-26 5:00 PM
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Fantastic race!  Amazing pacing!  No gels?  Did you get major cramping at the finish?

2009-04-27 2:05 PM
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Great race report! I am so impressed with your run pace! I'm shootin' for a 2 hr half in September. This motivates me to work harder! WTG!
2009-04-27 9:33 PM
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QueenZipp - 2009-04-26 5:00 PM

Fantastic race! Amazing pacing! No gels? Did you get major cramping at the finish?



Surprisingly I had minimal cramping.  I may have been in trouble had the race been much hotter
2009-04-28 5:58 AM
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Great job Neal!  Geez, you're fast! 


2009-04-28 7:30 AM
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Great race Neal! Superb times on your splits! Yea!!
2009-04-28 12:12 PM
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Congrats!! Great race!!
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