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Marine Corp Historic Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
United States
Marine Corp Marathon office
60F / 16C
Total Time = 1h 59m 26s
Overall Rank = 1113/2611
Age Group = 32
Age Group Rank = 173/386
Pre-race routine:

up at 0400. 2 toasts with peanut butter and some HEED while riding into town.
Event warmup:

walking from Wally World to the Expo Area
  • 1h 59m 26s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 07s  min/mile

Rain Sucks! I got under 2 hours at least, but the last mile was killer to meet my goal time. I tried taking it easy early on, but the HR does not suggest that at all. I am surprised that I was able to maintain high Zone 3 for that long. I was close to my target pace at mile 9 (1:20:07), which was approximately when the downpour started. I was hoping to be there a couple of minutes earlier to give me a little more cushion for the final 5k. Mile 10 was too slow; that was the low point of the race. I remember rationalizing that I was going slower to prepare the climb, but in reality I think the rain had sucked a little energy out of me in the middle of the race. My shoes felt heavy, my shirt was heavy, etc. I thought for sure that I could tackle the two miles of uphill in 20 min, but it took 21:30; that was not good. I really should have run that portion a few times prior to the event to get used the exact grade. I thought the Mile 12 marker was missing so I felt homefree and that I was going to be well under 2 hrs; I thought it should have been around the overpass of I-95. But then I saw it on the other side of the overpass, and I had to run the last stretch in 9 minutes to get under 2 hours. I am very happy that I was able to kick that hard at the end of a half marathon. That tells me that I could have possibly shaved off a couple of minutes in the middle of the race. What's the crazy band playing Purple Rain at the point. Seriously, that song is not a fire me up type song.
What would you do differently?:

run more, duh. The middle portion of races is still lacking. I can't seem to push myself to keep the pace up; I think perhaps I need to back off more at the start to conserve energy.
Post race
Warm down:

couple of beers, streching, and a 1 mile jog back to car

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The Hills; daydreaming in the middle of the race and not keeping up pace

Last updated: 2009-01-20 12:00 AM
01:59:26 | 13.1 miles | 09m 07s  min/mile
Age Group: 173/386
Overall: 1113/2611
Performance: Average
M3 26:27 (176/187); M4 8:49 (180/186); M5 8:22 (179/182); M8 27:25 (179/184); M9 9:04 (178/182); M10 9:28 (175/180); M12 21:33 (175/187); M13.1 08:21 (183/198 hauling ass); 5k: 27:51; 10k: 54:59; 15k: 1:23:06
Course: From Expo down Cowan, wound through Old Town, behind hospital, back to Expo. I think the mile markers were a little off; the ones I saw at least.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2009-05-18 8:25 AM

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