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Mad City Marathon (1/2 Marathon) - Run

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Madison, Wisconsin
United States
65F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 44m 44s
Overall Rank = 269/1680
Age Group = 36-40
Age Group Rank = 56/133
Pre-race routine:

Up at 5, picked up my bud at 5:30 and we drove to Madison. Ate some granola bars, drank some water and coffee on the way.
Event warmup:

We got there late, so there was very little time to watm up. Just stretched and tried to get in to one of the potapotties. (failed to get in before race time and subsequently thought I was going to explode for the first 2 miles) Toed the line and took off.
  • 1h 44m 44s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 59s  min/mile

I was really happy with this run. I planned to use gels every 1/2 hour to avoid bonking, and that seemed to work really well. I did not take in enough liquids though, and paid for it in the last two miles. (I didn't want to stop to drink more than one of the small cups they were handing out at the stations. I should have.)

I flew (for me) through the first half of this race, and finished it in about 46 minutes. Obviously, my per mile time fell off in the second half, which I am not thrilled about but on the whole I was pretty happy with the race.

In addition to drying out in the last few miles, I was suffering with some major blisters on the bottoms of my feet. I have to figure out a way to deal with this on long runs.
What would you do differently?:

Slow down in the first half of the race to allow for a stronger finish.

Hydrate better.

Figure out how to avoid blisters.

Post race
Warm down:

water - water - water

starbucks and granola

What limited your ability to perform faster:

hydration and blisters

Event comments:

Greta start to the race season - can't wait for the first tri next month

Last updated: 2005-05-31 12:00 AM
01:44:44 | 13.1 miles | 07m 59s  min/mile
Age Group: 56/133
Overall: 269/1680
Performance: Good
Course: Somewhat hilly 1/2 marathon through Madison. The race had about 2 miles of trail running in it, which I don't really like, but other than that it was a really nice run.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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] 4

2005-05-31 9:16 AM

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Subject: Mad City Marathon (1/2 Marathon)

2005-05-31 10:08 AM
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Jacksonville, FL
Subject: RE: Mad City Marathon (1/2 Marathon)
You posted a great time...nice run!
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