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Gobbler grind - RunHalf Marathon

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overland park, Kansas
United States
43F / 6C
Total Time = 1h 30m 8s
Overall Rank = 34/1100
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 4/95
Pre-race routine:

UP at 6am, two tortillas with jelly, coffee. Stomach cramps, low GI distress entire time.
Event warmup:

5min jog
  • 1h 30m 8s
  • 13.21 miles
  • 06m 49s  min/mile

Race topography and weather studied well to develop strategy. Race plan was executed to the letter. Due to big crowd early in the race was unable to run tangents during many turns, so incurred .11mi extra distance. Target pace for 1:30 was 6:52. Mi 1 clocked at 7:02, just like we wanted it, mi 2 was on target and than 6:44 next 3-4 to build some buffer time for the hills to come. I was in the shadow of runners entire half of the course, 6.6mi split came at 45:10, uphill pacing and effort on target, that was a critical element of this race, mi 10 came down fast @ 6:27, directly into the flat section. I battled with my stomach issues entire time, cramps would increase to moderate level as soon as I would lay the hammer, so negotiating that was a chore entire time. Last 4mi I ran alone, very fast last .2mi as I was fighting off a surge from behind by a couple of runners.
Corrected time for distance at 13.1 was 1:29:17. Very good overall and inline with objective set.
What would you do differently?:

Cut corners more aggressively to come in at distance of 13.1 mi.
Post race
Warm down:


What limited your ability to perform faster:

stomach distress

Event comments:

Race is nothing spectacular, at least does not even come close to KC Tri or 70.3 Kansas in it's atmosphere, best crowd mi 10 aid station done by KCMultisport folks.

Last updated: 2009-11-19 12:00 AM
01:30:08 | 13.21 miles | 06m 49s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/95
Overall: 34/1100
Performance: Good
FR305 avg pace 6:49, avg HR 161 (LTHR 172), max HR 169, Z3 time 26min or 3.9mi, Z4 46min or 6.8mi
Course: Streets and trails, many turns, ran longer by .11mi, mostly flat, mi 7 and 8 significant uphill section one 1mi long, 1 is .5mi long, mi 10 downhill.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2009-11-24 9:00 AM

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Olathe, Kansas
Subject: Gobbler grind

2009-11-24 9:18 PM
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Subject: RE: Gobbler grind
Nice run.....Completed my first Half Marathon also at the Gobbler Grind (1:56...slow but beat my 2 hr goal).  Let me know if you get out my way and your up for a ride.

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