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America's Finest City Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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San Diego, California
United States
Neil Finn Sports Management, Inc.
67F / 19C
Total Time = 1h 48m 15s
Overall Rank = 769/7027
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 133/597
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 3:20. Left house at 3:50. Ate banana and strawberry banana smoothie on way down.

Boarded bus to Pt. Loma some time before 5:00 and waited around in the dark until the sun came up and the race started at 7:00.

Could probably leave 30 min. later and still avoid the crowds/get good parking.

Wasn't cold, but next time might bring a garbage sack or something to keep warmer while waiting.
Event warmup:

Stretched while waiting. Jumped up and down a bit, but no real warm up run.
  • 1h 48m 15s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 16s  min/mile

First HM. Wanted to put in a good effort so that I can use as a baseline for an upcoming HIM.

Had read ealier about the heat and limited water from miles 4-8 so brought a water belt (3 8oz. bottles of gatorade, 1 gel flask w/ 3 gels). Temp this year must have been much less though as it was quite comfortable. I still liked having the belt and used the aid stations after mile 7 and on primarily to dump water on my head and have a few sips of something lighter, colder, and more refreshing than just the gatorade.

Even though I got to the start very early, I bumped into a friend and we ended up talking so I didn't seed myself near my estimated time. As a result, much of the first 3-4 miles was spent trying to catch up with people who were where I wanted to be.

Overall strategy was to take advantage of the downhill as much as possible and to cruise on the flats and then power up the hill with as much pain as possible.

Was going to try to do this with my HR monitor, but as soon as the race started it slipped down to my stomach and because of the water belt / crowds, I just decided to pay attention to those around me and go by perceived effort which seemed to work okay.

Decided to just monitor my cadence and maintained 88-90 through most of the race. Dropped into low 80's during the climb and then was able to get back in gear for the last bit of level ground to the finish.

Did feel myself fading a little toward the end. On the hill, it felt like there were more people passing me than I was passing .

At the mile 10 aid station, volunteers were handing out cheesburgers. They looked real good, but alas, was not in my nutrition plan and forged ahead.

The final sprint to the finish felt like a good effort. Afterwards, my legs were toasted and I needed to stretch/sit down for a while.
What would you do differently?:

Get up to the front of the start earlier to try to minimize the dodging and manuevering.
Post race
Warm down:

Stretched, put ice on legs which really helped.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Starting pretty far back, but overall was not that big of deal. Made the beginning more interesting.

Event comments:

Overall, was a great race. Great temp and weather. Liked the downhill start to get warmed up and the challenge of the hill. Hope to do it again some year.

Last updated: 2009-04-16 12:00 AM
01:48:15 | 13.1 miles | 08m 16s  min/mile
Age Group: 133/597
Overall: 796/7027
Performance: Good
Course: Down hill for much of the first 4 miles, then flat, then 1 mile uphill from mile 11 to 12.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2009-08-16 4:48 PM

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