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Rock n Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon - RunHalf Marathon

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Las Vegas, Nevada
United States
Total Time = 2h 56m 25s
Overall Rank = 13638/17827
Age Group = M 25-29
Age Group Rank = 688/775
Pre-race routine:

Had some Cytomax from the packet pickup, drank a little water. Was sort of hoping to grab something to eat before the race, but it was too crazy.
Event warmup:

Walked to race bag drop off, jogged a little (mostly to keep warm) but then sat in the corral area for a while
  • 2h 48m 26s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 12m 52s  min/mile

Was feeling really good until mile 10 and had to find a restroom. Badly. It got to the point where I had to walk to not make it worse. Finally found a set of portos with a line of 15 people. Took about 8 minutes to take care of business, but once I got back out running, I had stiffened up big time. My right knee, which had been a little sensitive towards the start of the race, was really starting to hurt. I also began to cramp whenever I tried to start to jog.
I decided to stop and stretch my hamstring that was cramping, but as soon as I rose my leg to stretch my hammy, my quad cramped up.
I did not predict that I could get to the point where walking the last 3 miles was painful. I was really dissapointed about the last 3 miles as I felt so good for the first 10, but I was glad to finish.
What would you do differently?:

I think a couple of things. Having a salad for lunch the day before may have contributed to the GI problem. I also think I needed to get some nutrition in race morning, which was just poor planning on my part.

I also think I should have done more 10+ mile training runs... it may just be a coincidence that my longest training runs were 10 miles, but at least I wouldn't be second guessing myself about it now.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked over to water booth, got a bagel and banana and sat down to stretch. I was seriously hurting and needed to stretch before I could walk anymore.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

As usual, definately could have trained more. I think more long runs would have at least given me some solace after the race that it was just bad luck.
Also lack of nutrition.... I believe that being able to feel great for 2 hours of running and then completely hitting a wall has something to do with a lack of energy.

Event comments:

Good race. I heard others complain about the organization, but I thought everything went well. I will definately stay at the host hotel if I do this in the future, as transportation before and after the race was a shitshow.

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Last updated: 2009-08-12 12:00 AM
02:48:26 | 13.1 miles | 12m 52s  min/mile
Age Group: 688/775
Overall: 13638/17827
Performance: Average
Mile 1 & 2- 22:46 (11:20 pace) Mile 3- 11:16 5k total= 35:13 Mile 4- 11:19 Mile 5- 11:13 Mile 6- 11:15 10 K total: 1:10:25 Mile 7- 11:07 Mile 8 & 9- 24:01 (12:00 pace) Mile 10- 15:08 10 mile total= 2:06:18 Bathroom line- 7:59 Mile 11- 15:02 Mile 12- 17:23 Mile 13- 16:28 Last .1- 1:23 (12:18 pace)
Course: Great course, great fans, more portapotties on the route would have been better, but with 30,000 runners I doubt they could have put enough anyway
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2009-12-08 12:21 PM

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