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Johnston's Wichita Half-Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Wichita, Kansas
United States
64F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 24m 37s
Overall Rank = 15/1060
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 4/
Pre-race routine:

Up at 6:30, ate a bowl of cream o wheat, and took a warm shower in hopes that it would help open up my sinuses...which it did not.
Event warmup:

Got to the race and stood in line for the out of the bathroom about 4 mintutes before the gun went off.
  • 1h 24m 37s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 06m 28s  min/mile

I started out in a pack that was planning on running a 1:24...but our pace was around 6:00 flat for the first mile, and then we backed off from there to around 6:19ish. I felt pretty smooth during the first couple of miles, and then rather blah after that. My cold/allergies have been making me feel miserable lately. I help onto the group for the first 5-6 miles and then kind of had a mental/physical breakdown and let them go. My legs felt really heavy and fatigued for that early in the race, and about the same time my watch suddenly stopped working for the first time ever. All it would show was what time it was...I couldn't see my overall time, splits, etc. I decided to back off and the group I was running with got about 100 yards away. I then just tried to relax and go, and the next thing I knew I was slowly pulling in that group and others. By the 8 mile mark I had passed that group and was feeling pretty smooth. Fatigue set in again around the 11 mile mark, but I had enough to hammer it down and hold anybody off from passing me. I wish I knew what my mile splits were for the last 4-5 miles. I think I had a few really quick ones in there. I ended up beating my time from last year by about 6-7 minutes, and beat my half marathon time from the spring by 2 minutes. Overall I was really pleased with my performance and my PR. I was excited that I finally awarded in my age group for the half age group is really competitive.
What would you do differently?:

Not be sick, get better sleep, relax more in the fist mile or two.
Post race
Warm down:

When I finished I started coughing which led to a cramp in my thoat...yes...really painful. I then walked to my car to get my bag and change my shirt and socks, and the went back to cheer on my wife who was finishing her first half marathon. I am so proud of her.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Being sick/allergies.

Event comments:

I had a great time at this race. Every year this event gets better and better...and bigger and bigger. This year there were over 1,000 finishers. I'll certainly do this event again. I thought the new course was slightly tougher than last year's, but it was more enjoyable.

Last updated: 2009-09-06 12:00 AM
01:24:37 | 13.1 miles | 06m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/
Overall: 15/1060
Performance: Good
Course: Riverside area + bike path...slightly more hilly than last year's course.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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] 5

2009-09-21 8:42 AM

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