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Gobbler grind - RunHalf Marathon

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overland park, Kansas
United States
55F / 13C
Total Time = 1h 56m 6s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 38/77
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:30 am...Had a 1/2 zone bar, coffee, and some instant oatmeal. Drank 5-6 oz of Gu drink mix
Event warmup:

10 min jog, light stretching,
  • 1h 56m 6s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 52s  min/mile

My goal was to run 9 min mile and break the 2 hr barrier. My longest run to date has been 8 miles so I was unsure how I would fare. The race start was extremely crowded since a majority of the runners were doing the 5k. I ran the 5K in approx 25 min and was concerned I would not be able to hold this pace for the entire race. I was able to average 2 min under my 9min pace through the first 6 miles. I took 2 Cola flavored Cliff Blocks followed by water at the aid station....but did develop some GU pain shortly after taking these blocks. I am not sure if this was due to the gel blocks or my pace (Faster than planned). I was able to keep my pace through the first 12 miles and then started to accelerate my pace to try to break 1:55 when I realized this was possible. Unfortunately, my right calf started to lock up and I needed to dial back to make sure my muscle did not fully lock up. I was excited to beat my goal with my limited run training.
What would you do differently?:

Evaluate the gel Blocks (Cola flavored has caffeine) on long training runs...Was this what caused my GI issues?
Post race
Warm down:

Bananas, grapes, chocolate milk, bar, and orange.

Event comments:

Good race....

Last updated: 2009-10-09 12:00 AM
01:56:06 | 13.1 miles | 08m 52s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/77
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Avg HR data 168
Course: Nice flat course on trails and local roads
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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

2009-11-24 9:36 PM

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