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Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
United States
Via of the Lehigh Valley
70F / 21C
Total Time = 4h 17m 31s
Overall Rank = 142/305
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 13/29
  • 4h 17m 31s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 09m 50s  min/mile

I hit the wall BIG TIME. First 13 miles avg pace 9 min/mile. Slowed a little over the next 7 miles, but through 20 was still at 9:30 pace. Last 6 miles I averaged 12 minute miles as I had to walk/run to get through it.
What would you do differently?:

Longer training runs.

Band-aid the nipples! I though glide would do the trick but at the end of the race it looked like I had been shot in the chest by as sniper. Quite embarrassing.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

I don't think my long training runs were long enough - I did several 15 mile runs but never built up to 20. The wall I hit at 20 was amazing. Its hard to describe - not just pain or fatigue, but more like a system shutdown.

I also think I may not have drank enough fluids, I drank at each station, but at the end of the race I felt dehydrated and it was hours before i could urinate.

Last updated: 2009-08-04 12:00 AM
04:17:31 | 26.2 miles | 09m 50s  min/mile
Age Group: 13/29
Overall: 142/305
Performance: Below average
Course: Point to Point from Allentown to Easton. Well shaded most of the way. A lot of the course was on dirt roads and tow paths along the canal. The last six miles were mostly paved, but lots of gravel and stones on top. Maybe my feet were getting raw, but I could not believe how much it hurt everytime I landed on some sharp rocks. I could feel them right through my sneakers.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
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

2009-09-14 7:56 AM

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